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This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Allison Anders , Kirby Dick , Kirby Dick  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Allison Anders, Kirby Dick, Atom Egoyan, Jon Lewis, Kevin Smith
  • Directors: Kirby Dick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SAMMME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" on IMDb

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How is there only one review of this here? January 15, 2010
Format:DVD
I saw this film shortly after it came out, and loved it, despite various flaws. I forgot about reviewing it until reading the comments in the reviews for Ma Vie En Rose, a fine film that many were amazed to see receive an R-rating.

That rating makes perfect sense once one sees this movie. Whether we like to admit it or not, there's a lot of control in this country over what we experience from folks who haven't learned how to think properly---that is, with an open mind and wide range of cultural awarenesses. These are the kind of people who keep us permanently in one war or another; apparently the God they worship doesn't like nudity or anything sexual...but he just LOVES violence and war. How does that First Commandment go again?

We are encouraged (by those pulling the strings) to watch graphic, brutal killings day in and night out on TV and in movies, but we are so scared of a little sexuality, especially if it's of a sort that doesn't feature the missionary position and strong feelings of guilt afterwards. These are the kind of folks who quietly review our celluloid art (or lack thereof) and decide what we and our kids are allowed to watch. This film makes that clear, intelligently and with much wry wit.

If you've ever questioned a rating on a movie, see this film and find out why that rating was put there. Our national conscience comes to a large degree from the art we encounter, so control over that art is a big deal for those who stand to make trillions from selling guns and war, and from promoting their neanderthal concepts of what sexuality and religion are.

This doc does have some problems, such as the ineptness of the private investigators, Dick's occasionally immature attitude, and the very one-sided approach in general.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Culturally significant, but a one-scene wonder April 5, 2010
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I'll be honest: I liked the movie. As an avid fan of cultural studies, I enjoyed the examination and analysis of the MPAA. The movie simply asks: Why do we let a handful of anonymous people determine what is and is not acceptable to show in a movie theater?

Along the way, the movie raises a number of intriguing questions - why do they bring in two priests to sit in on discussions? Why do they always choose the same two religions for those priests? Do the members of the MPAA live up to their promised qualifications? Is there anything concrete about the rating process?

Unfortunately, many of these questions remain unanswered. The film is a good polemic, it raises thought and discussion, but the director hits a rock wall in his attempts to provide answers.

There's plenty of interesting material here - the discussion of Team America: World Police's utterly ridiculous sex scene, the methods for getting edgy material past the MPAA (the hilarious finding that the MPAA doesn't care -how- you changed something, as long as you changed it), these are interesting.

The absolute highlight of the film, though, is the side-by-side comparison of R-rated heterosexual sex scenes with NC-17-rated homosexual sex scenes. The film presents a series of suspiciously similar scenes that only differ based on orientation - showing the way that the MPAA shuts down attempts to portray homosexuality equally to heterosexuality in mainstream film. The sequence, to me, is one of the best and most brutal cultural critiques ever put to film.

However, This Film Is Not Yet Rated lags after this scene - none of the material afterward lives up to the cultural exploration done in that scene.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars important issue for film fans August 20, 2010
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This film is definitely one that all movie fans should see - it's not perfect by any stretch, but it does bring to light a problem in the film industry. Most of us do not even consider the rating board's impact on the films we see. Kirby Dick brings up some interesting, and disturbing points about a system that has no oversight and it kept completely secret. What makes this handful of people qualified to rate films? Why are clergy involved at all? The strongest part of the documentary are the myriad examples of double-standard and outright prejudice on which films get "slapped" with an NC-17, and which get an R. How does torture porn like "Hostel" get an R, but "Boys Don't Cry" was given an NC-17 with less nudity (and based on a true story no less)?! Moreover, why is sex a greater offense than brutal violence? Children under 17 should be allowed to see "The Passion of the Christ," but not "Clerks"? Several prominent directors are interviewed about the ratings process, and their struggle with the NC-17 rating, and Kirby Dick also documents his own journey through the process, including learning that the MPAA illegally made copies of his film! The film also has a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor, in particular the montage of "sex scenes" that counts the number of thrusts that are likely to earn the dreaded NC-17. Hilarious.

Unfortunately, what weakened this film substantially was how few filmmakers, and absolutely no industry insiders, would consent to be interviewed on camera. Which made for a very short documentary that the director then padded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this movie! WATCH THIS MOVIE
I have always felt as though the ratings on movies do not accurately represent my family's values. PG movies are often too violent and emotionally upsetting, and even some G rated... Read more
Published 8 months ago by EclecticCollections!
3.0 out of 5 stars Directors vs. MPAA
This is another unusual documentary about Hollywood. It is a 2006 documentary about MPAA rating procedures, cultural values, filmmakers as artists and politics. Read more
Published 12 months ago by MacheteJason
5.0 out of 5 stars "Violence is OK, Sex is Not"
When this documentary was first released, the MPAA was the sole authority concerning film classification. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Winston D. Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Private Investigator
The private investigator who exposed the MPAA was Becky Altringer and not Cheryl Howell. I'm not really sure how Cheryl's name is listed as the PI, except that she is Becky's... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rebecca Altringer
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not Great
Decent doc about the MPAA board and how they rate movies but we never find out exactly how they rate them the way they do because they are so private about it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kevin
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome doc
Awesome documentary. Very informative. Although, I sense some cool details were edited for the same reason other indie movies are rated NC 17. Its still a great documentary. Read more
Published on July 7, 2012 by winola
2.0 out of 5 stars Right Idea, Wrong Focus
Ever since I saw "Titanic" in 1997 and wondered how in the world it was able to garner a PG-13 rating, I have been intrigued by the official film rating system. Read more
Published on June 7, 2012 by Zachary Koenig
1.0 out of 5 stars Could not watch the whole movie YES it was that bad
First of all, I could not make it through the whole movie, so maybe it improved after the first 45 minutes but I seriously doubt it. Read more
Published on June 4, 2012 by Movies4me
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be watched by all moviegoers
The film is reasonably well made. There are some problems with it overall but the underlying info is chilling. The segment right before the closing credits is truely enlightening.
Published on March 1, 2012 by James Sexton
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate and impartial documentary making at its best
Accurate and impartial documentary making at its best

This documentary reveals one of the ambiguous and clandestine way which information (in this case, in the form of... Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by ARWoollock
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Had MPAA been a modicum wiser it would've given this movie an R !
Don't forget the gay content. As the filmmaker demonstrated, gay content will get a film an NC-17 far quicker than comparable straight content. Kirby Dick had the temerity to point this out, and the very demonstration likely contributed to the rating.
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