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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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The movie ratings system in the United States is a good idea in concept. I have kids. Read more
a brilliant and telling film from Kirby Dick- and an eye opener on the idea of "freedom of expression" and how the 6 major studios control itPublished 20 months ago by M. Pavlik
Very insightful look into the MPAA and the battle between artist and censorPublished 21 months ago by ben
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 morePublished on January 30, 2014 by EclecticCollections!
This is another unusual documentary about Hollywood. It is a 2006 documentary about MPAA rating procedures, cultural values, filmmakers as artists and politics. Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by MacheteJason
When this documentary was first released, the MPAA was the sole authority concerning film classification. Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by Winston D. Jen