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Your opinion on the MPAA
23 August 2016
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HMBeatlesfan
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I think it sucks for a couple of reasons:

1. They don't typically rerate their films, so films like Beneath The Planet Of The Apes and The Andromeda Strain are still rated G.

2. Nowadays PG movies are aimed at 2 year olds, PG-13 movies are aimed at 5 year olds, and R rated movies are aimed at people who are 10 or older.

3. PG has no age reccomandation, such as 2 or older or 6 or older.

4. They take violence just as seriously if not more as language and sexual content, so a movie that's similar to Tom And Jerry (tons of violence but no language and very little if any sexual content (occasional innuendos here and there that go over the average 5 year old fans head)) could potentially get the same rating as a movie similar to Family Guy (very little violence but lots of language and sexual content) and yes, there are Family Guy episodes rated PG although I'd be less reluctant to show a 2 year old Dawn Of The Dead than show a 10 year old an episode of Family Guy.

5. They have R which is 17 and up unless with someone who is eligible to watch that movie, but they also have X (now NC-17) which is 18 and up regardless. Just drop the X rating altogether, just like half pennies.

6. Some films, such as The Wizard Of Oz, have 2 different ratings.

7. They don't typically rate films that were released before 1968.

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23 August 2016
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It's merely a guidline, so I tend to look at it like that. Mostly, I think as a parent, you need to keep up and do your research. Read reviews and synopses, watch the trailer, etc. You can basically tell by that whether or not your kid should see that film.

I do agree with your points though. 

There's a documentary called This Film Is Not Yet Rated  that I thought was pretty good and it's all about the movie ratings system, its genesis and etc. Look it up, I recommend it!

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23 August 2016
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The Hippie Chick said
It's merely a guidline, so I tend to look at it like that. Mostly, I think as a parent, you need to keep up and do your research. Read reviews and synopses, watch the trailer, etc. You can basically tell by that whether or not your kid should see that film.

I do agree with your points though. 

There's a documentary called This Film Is Not Yet Rated  that I thought was pretty good and it's all about the movie ratings system, its genesis and etc. Look it up, I recommend it!  

I don't have kids because I was never interested in girls or anything sexual. Actually, it pisses my mother off because I'm an only child and she wants to have grandchildren which upsets her and I haven't seen either of my parents since 1992 (has nothing to do with this, mainly because my parents have no idea where I live and they live in the north while I live in the south and the last time they went over, they were disgusted because I was living at the place I worked at with 2 other people on metal bunk beds).

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23 August 2016
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I don't care about it either way. 

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I think the MPAA has turned into a nightmare and don't follow it at all. For example, I took my kids to see Alien 3 in the theatres when they were 6 and 7 (technically 5 and 6, but I round by the year) even though the movie was rated R and even though I had to talk to the school social worker, it was worth it to all 3 of us because we all had fun and my kids had lots of fun bragging about how their dad took them to see a R movie. Personally, I don't know how the hell the new Finding Nemo movie got a PG rating even though it's aimed at children who just learned how to say mama.

23 August 2016
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HMBeatlesfan said 

I was living at the place I worked at with 2 other people on metal bunk beds.  

I wish I had a boss that let me sleep at my workplace instead of after getting kicked out of the house when I was 18, spending 3 days homeless until one of my friends let me sleep in his bedroom closet (it was a big closet, so I didn't feel that crammed, although nothing worse than living in Florida in a closet).

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HMBeatlesfan said

I don't have kids because I was never interested in girls or anything sexual. Actually, it pisses my mother off because I'm an only child and she wants to have grandchildren which upsets her and I haven't seen either of my parents since 1992 (has nothing to do with this, mainly because my parents have no idea where I live and they live in the north while I live in the south and the last time they went over, they were disgusted because I was living at the place I worked at with 2 other people on metal bunk beds).  

I could understand where your mom is coming from. I really want to be a grandma some day and I think I'm looking more forward to that than I am looking forward to being a mother. Maybe get a dog or a cat and that can be her grandbaby? You don't even have to visit if that makes you uncomfortable; you could just send pictures and letters with updates about the baby. That would probably make her really happy. I know this because I have two dogs and they both call my grandma "grandma" and my grandma really loves them. My great-grandma loves them too, and even she is a grandma to them. They love going to their grandma's house. When we tell them we're going there they scream.

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@Little Piggy Dragonguy 

I don't like animals and could care less what my parents think of me (when I was younger, I constantly broke rules and didn't listen to my parents), however it was awfully nice of you to give me some ideas.

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This system came out the Hays code. Why is sex so bad but violence good? Who are the people who rate the movie?

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As suggested elsewhere in the replies I see the ratings as somewhat questionable guidelines. The ones down here often vary significantly from those overseas which is interesting. 

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HMBeatlesfan said

7. They don't typically rate films that were released before 1968.  

That's because the MPAA didn't exist before 1968 (I'm pretty sure I think).  I've read that Night of the Living Dead was one of the biggest reasons, sorta like how the ESRB was created almost solely because of Mortal Kombat.

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Starr Shine? said
This system came out the Hays code. Why is sex so bad but violence good? Who are the people who rate the movie?  

If you had a 4 year old son, what would you rather him see:

A. a stripper

B. someone getting their head chopped off

In all honesty, I don't mind a couple of jokes that only an adult could get. For example, in the Merrie Melodies short The Wabbit Who Came Home For Supper, Bugs Bunny is covering himself with a bath towel when his tail pops out his front side which although is a penis innuendo, it's clearly just his tail because I haven't heard of that portion of the episode being cut. However, if it gets out of hand, then it isn't acceptable.

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A stripper.

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limitlessundyinglove said

That's because the MPAA didn't exist before 1968 (I'm pretty sure I think).  I've read that Night of the Living Dead was one of the biggest reasons, sorta like how the ESRB was created almost solely because of Mortal Kombat.  

The problem is more so that they chose what pre 68 movies to rate at random and with inconsistent ratings. For example, Creature From The Black Lagoon and Freaks are rated G while Batman is rated PG. Also, I think if Night Of The Living Dead was rated, it probably would've got a PG or PG-13 rating, as it's not nearly as violent/scary/gory as Dawn Of The Dead and the blood was actually chocolate sauce.

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Starr Shine? said
A stripper.  

You're kidding me, either that or you're a pacifist.

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HMBeatlesfan said

You're kidding me, either that or you're a pacifist.  

If my kid is gonna be imitating movies, I'd rather them strip in public then chop peoples heads off in public.

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HMBeatlesfan said

If you had a 4 year old son, what would you rather him see:

A. a stripper

B. someone getting their head chopped off

A stripper.  

I agree. It's just someone's body, for goodness sake; we all have bodies under our clothes. Whereas chopping off heads is violent and gory and killing people. 

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Starr Shine? said

HMBeatlesfan said

You're kidding me, either that or you're a pacifist.  

If my kid is gonna be imitating movies, I'd rather them strip in public then chop peoples heads off in public.  

Who said anything about imitating. I've watched tons of R rated movies with lots of violence before I turned 17. For example, my father took me to see Mad Max,  Alien, and Conan The Barbarian in the theatres and I didn't repeat any scenes from those movies and I also got a hunting rifle for my 10th birthday from my father, so I could've imitated quite a few more scenes than most kids. Also, my father claims he took me to a drive in double feature of 2001 A Space Odyssey and Planet Of The Apes when I was 2, although I can't remember it. I personally have never repeated anything I've learned on TV or in a movie or in a song or video game comic book you name it, I haven't repeated it unless it was something educational, such as how to build a toy train or how to mow your lawn efficiently. If I did something that got me in trouble, it was me or one of my friends who thought of it, not a fictional TV show.

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Who said anything about imitating.

I did, just then.

I personally have never repeated anything I've learned on TV or in a movie or in a song or video game comic book you name it, I haven't repeated it unless it was something educational, such as how to build a toy train or how to mow your lawn efficiently.

So you never quoted any movie ever?

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@Starr Shine? 

Don't forget that most kids don't repeat what they watch in the movies and if they do, it's something like a bad word or something that isn't going to hurt anybody. It's always a case of that one guy who just had to ruin it for everybody. For example, after Columbine guns weren't shown as often in kids shows and cops started being in schools full time with guns on them, although 99.99% of people don't think like the killers and having cops with guns in school is a bit excessive (the equivalent of using anthrax to stop someone from stealing VHS tapes at a local Blockbuster) and one of my daughters almost had a seizure when they added armed cops to her school.

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