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10 Things Wrong With the MPAA Rating System

Offbeat  (tags: Motion Picture Association, America, Movie, Entertainment, Hollywood )

- 2587 days ago -
The Motion Picture Association of America's ratings system exists in a paradox: the classifications, originally intended to help parents, have now become a label that has more to do with marketing than responsible film viewing,

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Past Member (0)
Thursday April 21, 2011, 5:55 pm
Thank you Nancy

Bak Min Choi (75)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 4:17 am
maybe the personal test, to issue an authority what rate of movies they can watch.

colleen p (38)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 4:47 am
I did a report on censorship. it seems even some people who work in/for the MMPA don't even know how it works. a woman can be full frontal naked for xyz time, and get an R. i it is a guy it gets that R+(Nc 17?) or X. X dosen't exist/exist anymore.
the artical looks like one I read alredy.

drug use seems to be one to. a stoner movie that is funny is one thing, a stoner movie that is "dead serious" is a wholeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee other issue.

and something about Homosexual characters. if the character is comiedic releif "it is Ok". if they aren't the flamboyant character used as the ones for hahas. then it is not ok.

William Y (54)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 4:57 pm
It made more sense when it was GMRX.
General, Mature, Restricted and X (adults Only)

Freya H (357)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 9:19 am
Yes, but how do we reform the ratings system? Or do we go back to the Hayes code? Think of all the movies - many of them classics - that could never have been made under those restrictions.

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 10:59 am
The MPAA has already repeated the crimes of RIAA with the Region Code scams. I no longer do anything with the ratings codes beyond 'guidelines', and even with that I strip off all the recent garbage and translate to G/M/R/X. I set all my DVD players to Region Code 0 so I can play any DVD I buy, teh payola scams of 'regionalising' releases doesn't fly. The RIAA is already on boycott for Payola, murdering Napster 1, and all those PHONY download lawsuits; the MPAA will be treated similarly unless they shape up and stick to improving movie quality and suing those few immoral idiots who try to sell what they download for free!

Jayne Braby Bethard (4)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 10:15 pm
Like most things in our world these days, marketing, capitalism, greed leads the way!

Philip Peyton-noland (0)
Tuesday April 26, 2011, 8:23 am
I think a three letter or number system (such as 10/2/7 or J/B/G) would be more appropriate. Have the number or letters be Violence/Language/Sexuality. Then if a parent has strong feelings about violence and not language they can see right away that a 2/9/5 movie is OK. Additionally have a set list for the numbers (such as already exist for the F word) so each number has a very specific meaning. Then as far as whether or not a child can watch a movie by themselves set a limit such as anything over a 5 in any category requires a parent (doesn't have to be that, just an example) I think it would take maybe 6 months for everyone to acclimate to a new system, then after that it would be much better and informative to parents vice restrictive to film makers.
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