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This Film Is Not Yet Rated

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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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,534 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" on IMDb

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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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By the mid-Sixties, the film industry was in almost total free-fall. The reason: television. For about a decade prior to 1966, the industry had tried to impede the inevitable with mammoth historical epics and other movies that were more "frank" -- i.e., stuff that wouldn't be on TV. It didn't really work: 20th Century Fox's "Cleopatra", the biggest epic of them all, tanked at the box office, killing the expensive sword-and-sandal trend; the supposed "frankness" of movies after the mid-Fifties was still weak tea because of the Production Code, which ultimately limited the freedom of filmmakers. It turned out that Americans were quite willing to stay comfortable at home watching TV programs with pseudo-frankness, rather than go out to theaters and pay to see pseudo-frankness. In other words, the movies offered nothing that couldn't be seen on TV for free. The movies desperately needed something new.

Enter Jack Valenti as new president of MPAA early in 1966. Job #1: abolish the Code. Job #2: allow more "freedoms" in films, but, as an Episcopalian priest on the current Appeals Board at MPAA says in this documentary, "don't allow TOO MUCH freedom." First test case: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" from 1966, with its g--damns, hells, and screws. Solution: force Warner Brothers and theater houses to put a warning about content on advertising and posters. Also, ask director Mike Nichols to ease off on a few words -- oh, just a few, not a big deal. But please, just a few. And so the pattern established itself that would continue for the next 50 years.
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There is nothing I enjoy more than a great film about Hollywood, the movies, and the foibles and follies inherent in this business known as "show." Therefore, I was curious to check out last year's high profile documentary "This Film Is Not Yet Rated." Director Kirby Dick has set his sights on the MPAA and, more specifically, its rating system. Just what qualifies a film as a PG, or a PG-13, or an R, or (heaven forbid) an NC-17? Well, there is no preordained criteria. As it turns out, a small group of anonymous parents employed by the MPAA make judgment calls about every film's tone and content. Fashioned as a watchdog group that supposedly represents the "average" parent, the member identities are kept secret to keep them free from pressure groups.

I went into "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" thinking it might be fun and informative, a passable entertainment. Knowing and loving films, I have long contended that the MPAA rating system has appeared somewhat arbitrary, inconsistent, and in need of reform. Standing in the way of serious-minded adult film, the MPAA is one of the few organizations to support outright censorship in the modern American world. However, they do so in cooperation with major studios and under a shroud of secrecy that is as extensive as it is surprising. This caustic look at a very flawed system, thus, met my expectations of being fun and informative. There are plenty of film clips, plenty of celebrity interviews--lots of entertainment for a film aficionado.
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