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Published: Sunday, June 9 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

"And this year, of the 250 films that have opened so far, not a single one has been rated G. Not one."

This is PATHETIC! For those who can't figure it out, this is a rhetorical question: Has society sunken this far that the vast, vast majority of what is produced is trash? When I was a kid, what is rated PG-13 today was once rated R. I've always believed that if I have to keep my children from watching a movie, then why am I watching it? Aren't we supposed to become as a little child?

My dad always said that the new morality is nothing more than an old immorality that's been whitewashed.

bw00ds
Tucson, AZ

Hmnnnn...Do you think that Hollywood will learn? Naw!

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

"Aren't we supposed to become as a little child?"

In Faith not intellect, the Bible would easily receive an R rating, then where would you be?

Whos Life RU Living?
Ogden, UT

I am confused about some of the comments. The rating system has actually became more strict over the years.

When I was a kid, I found that several PG movies had nudity in them. Today, if there is any type of nudity most likely it will be rated R, if not PG-13, but no way a PG.

Seems like the rating system has been improving, but I still don't understand how severe violence is acceptable (PG-13 and under) and a little bit of nudity makes it bad (rated R).

Our culture is very unique.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

There aren't many movies worth watching, but it seems the easily offended will always attend.

Tajemnica
West Valley, Utah

The only problem with this article is that back in the day when we were producing mainly PG and G movies, there were not a lot of other options as far as other movies to see. Gone with the Wind is the highest grossing movie of all time when adjusted for inflation. If as many movies were available for viewing in 1939 as there is today, it wouldn't be in the top 100. Same goes for Star Wars and E.T. Not just a lack of other options but also a lack of technology that made these films one of a kind. I highly agree that societies morals have severely degraded, but these "figures" are misleading. If as many options as today were always available, PG-13 films would drastically outweigh the others where box office gross is concerned.

Spaghedeity
Draper, UT

The information in this article is rather meaningless. It is just cherry picked data trying to glorify your average reader's religious bias toward G movies. Unless you actually compare the money spent vs money earned for these movies you aren't going to get a good idea of the value of each rating. A significant portion of the PG - G movies are big budget disney/pixar films that appeal to a large audience and have an enormous amount of funding to attract that audience through marketing. Conversely, a significant portion of independent and low budget films end up in the (R) range because the directors are going for a more artistic appeal or have in mind a more narrow audience. They don't make as much money, but they also didn't spend as much money to make and promote the film.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Happy Valley Heretic" no it wouldn't. If you had an incompetent director who just wanted to show all the gory and sexual thing in the bible you would have an R rated movie. However, if you had a competent director who knew how to convey the story without actually showing gory or sexual images, then you could easily have a PG rated Bible movie.

FDRfan
Sugar City, ID

Hollywood film makers have an agenda that seems to override the attendance above a critical level. And that is to corrupt.

WouldntYouKnow
Sandy, UT

...and obviously making lots and lots of money is top priority among all things we seek?

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

@redshirt. How about as it was written, not as it would be scripted for the blues clues age group.

Your deceiving yourself to believe that reading horrible acts is somehow less horrific unless you have no imagination or visualization skills.

The data is bunk, and America is not only inhabited by children.

BH
Tremonton, UT

This is old news. Articles have reported similar movie ratings to earnings ratios for close to 20 years now. Spaghedeity implies that the data in this article has been skewed, to give good Christian readers a warm fuzzy feeling. But other articles I have seen, are not based only on gross movie sales, but have included net profit, and they still show that R rated movies are much less profitable than G, PG, and PG13 movies. In fact about 10-12 years ago, one article reported data showing that most R rated movies have a net loss in profit.

Discussions about this data include the importance of the rights of movie studios to have the freedom to produce any type of art they choose. I totally support our rights to freedom. But one would be hard pressed to show that R rated movies tend to be more artistic than G, PG, and PG13 movies. If anything, I think the opposite is true. R rated movies tend to be made to appeal to our base desires, for action, sex, and violence.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

to RedShirt

But seriously, would Tarantino want to give us his take on the Bible?

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Happy Valley Heretic" I never said that the horrible acts would not be included, but that if you had a good director you would not have to see blood flying everywhere or watch any sexual acts.

Just look at the LDS films where they show Christ being crucified. No blood and gore is shown, yet you can still get the full impression of the pain involved in the crucifixion.

As for sex scenes, look at the original Star Trek. Did you ever see Kirk in the act, or just putting on his boots after? Did you know what he was doing with all of the alien women across the galaxy?

Joey K
Sandy, UT

Pg 13 movies didn't even exist until 1985, so the data is skewed based on that. If Pg 13 had existed long ago then I suspect it would be a much larger portion of the ratings, since most PGs would have been PG 13 under post 1985 criteria.

Personally I'm really happy with the PG 13 rating. I don't like "R"s because the content is too strong for me, although I believe it is necessary in rare cases based on historical content, (like Saving Private Ryan or Glory). However, I think that some violence and language are part of life and essential to the story so PG 13 movies are great for me.

Just my opinion.

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