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MPAA film ratings

June 24, 2007 3 comments

MPAA logoToday I saw an independent documentary on the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) called This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006).  Basically, it’s questioning the NC-17 rating criteria of the MPAA, which was started by multiple film studios in the 1940’s.  They’re suspected of rating independent film stricter that film of major studios as a way of minimizing competition, cloaked behind “protecting the viewing public.”  As an industry regulating itself, you’ll always have problems without alternative choices.  The government should not step in (if it can help it) because the cries of “censorship” will only be worse.  There should be multiple “independent” (if that exists) reviewers.  It’s never gonna be perfect, but you need to create some accountability (or the government will make you wish you did).  There are some good movie rater websites used by parents that could be models or alternative choices that I have seen over the years, but I need to find and add them here.  If there are serious inproprieties on the MPAA, I’m especially concerned that a voting Catholic clergy member is on the board … we shouldn’t be endorsing this nonsense.   — Anybody?  Kermit?

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