Often I get ideas for a blog post from reading other blogs. I don’t want to do something that’s cookie-cutter or plagiarism, but they do get me to thinking. Sometimes I find myself leaving a comment that’s way too long. Then I’ll delete it and maybe save the thought for a future post of my own.
Her posts are always interesting and this one particularly touched a nerve with me.
Years ago I saw something on television with Jack Valenti, head of the MPAA which does the movie ratings. He said it was a misunderstanding that there was a set of criteria that determined what rating a movie would receive. I used to think that “f____” was an automatic R. Not so. Also, I thought that about nudity. Again, not so. I’ve seen PG-13 movies with both nudity and harsh language.
Wikipedia had this to say about the ratings system: “The MPAA does not release specific guidelines as to what content will receive which rating. However, they do state that many factors are considered including content such as sex, violence, nudity, language, adult topics and drug use.”
I’ve been so bitterly disappointed by some of the movies we’ve seen, that I’ve nearly given up going to the movies or checking out anything that’s new.
I was so aggravated at the anti-conservative dialogue in Julie & Julia. How could we pay $40 to be insulted (tickets + snacks)? And of course, that has nothing to do with a rating designation; but everything to do with the filmmaker’s personal agenda. A ratings system won’t help to figure that out, but knowing something about the cast and crew will.
Now I thoroughly vet anything we’re going to watch at http://www.screenit.com. Although you can purchase a membership, the basic service is free. It has about 12 categories of potential problems and lists what might be offensive. I always check the Profanity category first. If they abuse the name of Jesus, I don’t go further, because that’s a deal breaker.
The site also lists sexual content. Specifically. If there’s a scene where a woman in a low-cut blouse leans over to give the audience a view of her personal attributes, it says so. And so on.
The categories are:
Music (Scary, Tense)
Tense Family Scenes
Topics to Talk About
Apparently, now they’re reserving detailed content of new movies for subscribers only. But anyone can still see the chart listing the degrees of content in all 15 categories. Screenit is not as free and user friendly as it was originally, but it’s still a valuable tool.
Especially if you’re taking children to the movies.