Wonder Woman A Star Is Born Inside Out The Farewell Rated PG Times The Third Man A Quiet Place Eighth Grade It Happened One Night Spotlight The Godfather Thor: Ragnarok Singin' in the Rain Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs The Shape of Water La Grande illusion Grand Illusion All About Eve Star Wars: The Last Jedi The Big Sick The Extra-Terrestrial The Favourite Shadow of a Doubt King Kong Paddington 2 The Adventures of Robin Hood Once Upon a Time In Hollywood Leave No Trace Manchester by the Sea Spider-Man: Far From Home Metropolis La La Land Incredibles 2 Sunset Boulevard Call Me by Your Name If nudity is sexually oriented, the film will generally not be found in the PG category.
If violence is too rough or persistent, the film goes into the R restricted rating. A film's single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words, though only as an expletive, shall initially require the Rating Board to issue that film at least a PG rating. More than one such expletive must lead the Rating Board to issue a film an R rating, as must even one of these words used in a sexual context. These films can be rated less severely, however, if by a special vote, the Rating Board feels that a lesser rating would more Rated PG reflect the opinion of American parents.
PG places larger responsibilities on parents for their children's moviegoing. The voluntary rating system is not a surrogate parent, nor should it be. It cannot, and should not, insert itself in family decisions that only parents can, and should, make. Its purpose is to give prescreening advance informational warnings, so that parents can form their own judgments.
PG is designed to make these parental decisions easier for films between PG and R. In the opinion of the Rating Board, this film definitely contains some adult material.
Parents are strongly urged to find out more about this film before they allow their children under 17 to accompany them. An R-rated film may include hard language, or tough violence, or nudity within sensual scenes, or drug abuse or other elements, or a combination of some of the above, so that parents are counseled, in advance, to take this advisory rating very seriously. Parents must find out more about an R-rated movie before they allow their teenagers to view it.
This rating declares that the Rating Board believes that this is a film that most parents will consider patently too adult for their youngsters 17 and under. No children will be admitted. NC does not necessarily mean "obscene or pornographic" in the oft-accepted or legal meaning of those words. The Board does not and cannot mark films with those words. Both were to be released by subsidiaries.
The ratings used from to were:  . This content classification system originally was to have three ratings, with the intention of allowing parents to take their children to any film they chose. However, the National Association of Theater Owners urged the creation of an adults-only category, fearful of possible legal problems in local jurisdictions. Inthe ages for "R" and "X" were raised from 16 to The ratings used from to were: .
In the early s, complaints about violence and gore in films such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Gremlinsboth of which received PG ratings, refocused attention on films seen by small children and pre-teens.
The first film to be released with this rating was the John Milius war film Red Dawn. InTennessee state law set the minimum age to view a theatrically exhibited R-rated film without adult accompaniment at 18, instead of 17, and categorized the admission of minors to X-rated films as a misdemeanor.
The statute remained in force until when it was ruled to be in violation of the First Amendment. The law was amended in as to prohibit persons under the age of 18 only if the film was considered "harmful to minors".
In the rating system's early years, "X"-rated films such as Midnight Cowboy and A Clockwork Orange were understood to be unsuitable for children, but non-pornographic and intended for the general public. However, pornographic films often self-applied the non-trademarked "X" rating, and it soon became synonymous with pornography in American culture. Neither film was approved for an MPAA rating, thus limiting their commercial distribution, and prompting criticism of the rating system's lack of a designation for such films.
Since Septemberthe MPAA has included brief explanations of why each film received an "R" rating, allowing parents to know what type of content the film contained. Depictions of violence are permitted under all ratings but must be moderated for the lower ones. Violence must be kept to a minimum in G-rated films and must not be intense in PG-rated films. Depictions of intense violence are permitted under the PG rating, but violence that is both realistic and extreme or persistent will generally require at least an R rating.
Snippets of language that go "beyond polite conversation" are permitted in G-rated films, but no stronger words are present.
Profanity may be present in PG rated films, and use of one of the harsher "sexually-derived words" as an expletive will initially incur at least a PG rating. Multiple occurrences will usually incur an R rating as will the usage of such an expletive in a sexual context. Nevertheless, the ratings board may still award a PG rating passed by a two-thirds majority if they believe the language is justified by the context or by the manner in which the words are used.
There are several exceptional cases in which PGrated films contain multiple occurrences of the word fuck : Adventures in Babysittingwhere the word is used twice in the same scene;  The Hip Hop Projectwhich has seventeen uses;  and Gunner Palacea documentary of soldiers in the Second Gulf Warwhich has 42 uses of the word with two used sexually. In US films rated PG and PG, teenaged characters use more and stronger profanity than the adult characters in the same movies.
Drug use content is restricted to PG and above. The film contained only mild profanity, but was rated PG because of a scene where drug paraphernalia were briefly visible. In Maythe MPAA announced that depictions of cigarette smoking would be considered in a film's rating. Nudity is restricted to PG and above, and anything that constitutes more than brief nudity will require at least a PG rating. Nudity that is sexually oriented will generally require an R rating. The MPAA does not have any explicit criteria for sexual content other than excluding sex scenes from G-rated films.
Prior to the release of The Exorcist at the end ofthen-CARA president Aaron Stern took the unusual step of calling director William Friedkin to tell him that since it was an "important film", it would be rated R and could be released without any cuts. Among those patrons were many children, not always accompanied by adults.
This left many commentators incredulous that the ratings board would have found that a film with disturbing scenes such as a possessed year-old girl masturbating with a crucifix was acceptable for children to see.
Roy Meacham, a Washington, D. New Yorker critic Pauline Kael echoed his criticism. But when a movie is as expensive as this one, the [board] doesn't dare give it an X. InRichard Heffner took over as president of the board. During his interview process, he had asked to screen recent films that had sparked ratings controversies, including The Exorcist.
Inhe got the board to give the Japanese martial arts film The Street Fighter an X rating for its graphic violence, the first time a film had earned that rating purely for violence. The NC rating has been described as a "kiss of death" for any film that receives it. A Fox Searchlight spokesman said the NC rating did not give them much trouble in releasing this film they had no problem booking it, and only the Salt Lake City newspaper Deseret News refused to take the film's adand Fox Searchlight was satisfied with this film's United States box office result.
Inthe Directors Guild of America called the NC rating an "abject failure", for causing filmmakers to re-edit films to receive an R rating, rather than accept an NC rating. Film studios have Rated PG the MPAA to retire the NC rating, because of its likely impact on their film's box office revenue.
During the controversy about the MPAA's decision to give the film Blue Valentine an NC rating The Weinstein Company challenged this decision, and the MPAA ended up awarding the same cut an R rating on appealactor Ryan Goslingwho stars in the film, noted that NC films are not allowed wide advertisement and that, given the refusal of major cinema chains like AMC and Regal to show NC rated movies, many such films will never be accessible to people who live in markets that do not have art house theatres.
Legal scholar Julie Hilden wrote that the MPAA has a "masterpiece exception" that it has made for films that would ordinarily earn an NC rating, if not for the broader artistic masterpiece that requires the violence depicted as a part of its message. This exception is troubling, Hilden argues, because it ignores context and perspective in evaluating other films and favors conventional films over edgier films that contribute newer and more interesting points to public discourse about violence.
The cards generated much controversy; MPAA president Jack Valenti said in a news article: "I think it distorts and ruptures the intent of this voluntary film ratings system. All R-rated films are not alike. He noted in a news article for the Christian Science Monitor that the R rating is "broad enough to include relatively family-friendly fare such as Billy Elliot and Erin Brockovich which were both rated R for language along with films that push the extremes of violence, including Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill.
The film rating system has had a number of high-profile critics. Film critic Roger Ebert called for replacing the NC rating with separate ratings for pornographic and non-pornographic adult film.
The uneven emphasis on sex versus violence is echoed by other critics, including David Ansenas well as many filmmakers. Moreover, Ebert argued that the rating system is geared toward looking at trivial aspects of the film such as the number of times a profane word is used rather than at the general theme of the film for example, if the film realistically depicts the consequences of sex and violence.
He called for an A adults only rating, to indicate films high in violence or mature content that should not be marketed to teenagers, but do not have NC levels of sex. He also called for the NC rating to be removed and have the X rating revived. He felt that everyone understood what X-rated means, while fewer people understood what NC meant. MPAA chairman Dan Glickman has disputed these claims, Rated PG, stating that far more films are initially rated NC for violence than for sex, but that these are later edited by studios to receive an R rating.
Despite this, an internal critic of the early workings of the ratings system is film critic and writer Stephen Farber, who was a CARA intern for six months during and In The Movie Ratings Game he documents a prejudice against sex in relation to violence. This Film Is Not Yet Rated also points out that four times as many films received an NC rating for sex as they did for violence according to the MPAA's own website, further mentioning a bias against homosexual content compared to heterosexual content, particularly with regards to sex scenes.
Filmmaker Darren Stein further insists that his tame teen comedy G. The documentary Bully received an R rating for the profanity contained within the film, which prevented most of the intended audience, middle and high schoolersfrom seeing the film.
The film's director, Lee Hirsch, has refused to recut the film, stating, "I feel a responsibility as a filmmaker, as the person entrusted to tell these kids' stories, to not water them down.
The same, however, could not be said about the teen drama Kidswhich director Larry Clark wanted rated R so parents could take their kids to it for educational purposes, but the MPAA rated it NC due to its content of teen sex and turned down Clark's appeal. The movie was then released unrated by Miramax under Shining Excalibur Films because Miramax, formerly owned by Disneyhesitated to release it as an NC film. Many critics of the MPAA system, especially independent distributors, have charged that major studios' releases often receive more lenient treatment than independent films.
The independent film Saints and Soldierswhich contains no nudity, almost no sex although, there is a scene in which a German soldier is about to rape a French womanvery little profanity, and a minimum of violence, was said to have been rated R for a single clip where a main character is Rated PG and killed, and required modification of just that one scene to receive a PG rating.
The comedy Scary Moviereleased by Dimension Filmsat the time a division of The Walt Disney Companycontained "strong crude sexual humor, language, drug use and violence," including images of ejaculation and an erect penisbut was rated R, to the surprise of many reviewers and audiences; by comparison, the comparatively tame porn spoof Orgazmoan independent release by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parkercontained "explicit sexual content and dialogue" and received an NC the only on-screen penis seen in the film is a dildo.
As Parker and Stone did not have the money and the time to edit the film, it retained its NC rating. Many critics of the system, both conservative and liberal, would like to see the MPAA ratings unveiled and the standards made public. The MPAA has consistently cited nationwide scientific polls conducted each year by the Opinion Research Corporation of Princeton, New Jerseywhich show that parents find the ratings useful. Although there has always been concern about the content of films,  the MPAA has, in recent years, been accused of a "ratings creep", whereby the films that fall into today's ratings categories now contain more objectionable material than those that appeared in the same categories two decades earlier.
We're heading towards an age when we don't need a mommy-like organization to dictate what our delicate sensibilities can and can't be exposed to. I deeply hope that the MPAA's irrelevance is imminent. Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips wrote that the MPAA ratings board "has become foolish and irrelevant, and its members do not have my interests at heart, or yours.
They're too easy on violence yet bizarrely reactionary when it comes to nudity and language. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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