Posted on August 7th, 2011 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I was just looking at the movie reviews for this weekend and saw the review for The Change-Up and was HORRIFIED to read what was in this movie, and yet it was only rated R. I started doing a little research and found that they have essentially gotten rid of the NC-17 movie rating, but after reading some of these reviews on it seems that it still needs to be used for current movies like Hangover 2. The argument that I have about the movie ratings system is that movies like The King’s Speech was rated R for using the “F” word too many times, but then Hangover 2 was rated “R” for numerous amounts of innappropriate scenes. I think that there needs to be a review of how these movies are rated. If a movie should be deemed so innappropriate that it needs an NC-17 rating on it, than any child that is under the age of 17 cannot see this movie, regardless of parent involvement. This not only protects the parent, but also protects the child. I am confused why this rating was ever discontinued. If I had to guess I would say that the rating is still there, but whatever the equation is that makes this rating applicable, the movie producers are makign sure that they do whatever they can to stay JUST under that rating. I would like to see a total reconstruction of the rating system itself, and would like to see the criteria for each rating changed.

2 thoughts on “Movie Ratings – Do They Need an Update?

  1. Will says:

    Studios will re-cut movies to avoid NC-17 ratings. Economic reasons only. Also the MPAA states this on their own website – “Generally, it is not appropriate for parents to bring their young children with them to R-rated motion pictures.”
    Parents should be the ones that decide what their kids should see, and have a responsibility to at least do some research before they either march off to the theater, kids in tow, or drop teens off at the front door. With services like Fandango, tickets can be purchased in advance to prevent their young ones from buying a ticket for something else.
    The best protection is education.
    Just my 2 cents.

    1. Amanda says:

      I completely agree that parents need to be more educated and less trusting of the movie theaters. My philosophy, as a parent, is that you need to be one step ahead of your children and buying tickets online helps me in that course of action.

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