I have always thought the movie ratings were a joke. I have seen PG-13 movies
that were total trash and many R-rated that were worth seeing. I believe it was
Saints and Soldiers that was originally rated R due to violence. If you made a
realistic movie of the Book of Mormon it would be full of graphic violence and
some sex. I rarely see R rated movies however I wish the church would let
adults choose which movies to see based on our judgement. Schindlers list had
nudity but it wasn't sexual in any way and it was a movie I would have no
issue with older more mature teens viewing.
Why not go back to the old days when most movies didn't have any rating.
Put restrictions only on pg-13 and R movies. Unfortunately nowadays G connotes
kids' movie and it shouldn't be that way.
Re: LValfre CHICAGO, IL"So Ted, who says society is deteriorating and
sliding backwards? You? Your church? Your family?"The older
generation says so. They are in a position to judge the declining morals of our
society from personal observation. And yes, they are correct. What was once
considered immoral is now considered the norm and acceptable.
This is shoddy journalism. There is no mention of budgets. G-rated
movies are almost always animated films, with typical budgets between $150-$200
million dollars. Most R-rated movies’ budgets are much lower. Compare the
profit percentages of G-rated movies with the average R-rated movie and
you’ll see why so many R-rated movies get made.There is no
mention of the massively declining home video market. The article implies the
opposite, citing home video numbers from a decade ago.It typically
costs much more to market a G-rated movie than an R-rated movie because the
target audience is families: children, teenagers, parents, and grandparents.
R-rated movies typically appeal to half those demographics.Even if
100 G-rated movies were released next year, that would make 2 G-rated movies
every weekend. “Family-friendly” movies can’t survive in those
quantities, much less make 11 times more money, because families can’t
afford the time or money to go to the movies twice a week. They go together a
few times per year, which is why the marketplace offers a few of these titles
We blame Hollywood, but let's look a little closer to home. I know of three
different film festivals focusing on G-rated movies that tried to get audiences
here in Utah over the past decade. They approached all media outlets--including
the Deseret News--to get support and bring out audiences. They brought
high-quality inspirational stories with compelling movies to our communities,
but they couldn't get the word out to enough people, and they could never
get large enough audiences to keep their efforts going. On the flip
side, our media outlets honor the larger festivals in the state that highlight
edgier films. Most of those films are R-rated. We wait in line for tickets to
the movies so that we can mingle with the filmmakers and stars. It seems to me
we are more interested in promoting celebrity instead of increasing the
awareness of high-quality, family-friendly entertainment. Please,
Deseret News, please do a better job the next time a family-friendly film
festival approaches you about partnering with you to build a program with the
same values that you claim to support.
There are two major problems here. 1. The movie industry does not
share our traditional morals.2. The majority is falling for their
lead.All who know how our national security is ultimately related to
our moral decisions must speak up.
Some of the best 'theater' has (or would have been) G rated, the Andy
Griffith show and Bewitched comes to mind.On the other hand some
very good movies have been rated R. Terminator and First Blood. Patton was also
originally rated R.
Which F word? Fudge, like so many youngsters I hear say to replace that other F
word? Or the other F word that I hear practically every kid say to replace that
other F word? Who decides which words are bad when they all have the same
intent for their meaning?Liberal Ted: Do you propose we mandate
traditional values? Maybe you should explain exactly what those are.With all that said, the people have all the power, but we lack the will and
sacrafice to actually do something about a lot of things. I believe the price
of a movie ticket and snacks are outrageous, so I don't go to them, but
many do. I believe that concessions at sporting events are doubly outrageous,
so I don't buy anything, but many do. Don't blame anyone about any of
this other than where it belongs: The people
I heard Doug Wright talk today about a great movie that you "had to get
around some bad language, like the "F" word many times." The other
guy was surprised to learn it was rated "R." I wonder what he thought
it was.....? Why are we promoting this garbage? The only way to teach
Hollywood what is acceptable is with our pocketbooks. Unfortunately, we buy
"junk" at the movie house ans excuse it for "just a few bad
scenes" and then have that poured into our brains. I can't
remember the last movie I attended, it was so long ago. Am I being a prude?
Perhaps. But I'm not one with a filthy library between my ears that I have
to try and constantly ignore.
@Liberal Ted"as society continues to deteriorate and slide
backwards, we are being told by society that this is the new norm."So Ted, who says society is deteriorating and sliding backwards? You? Your
church? Your family?How do you determine whether society is moving
forward or backwards?Sounds very subjective and biased to me based
on YOUR feelings. If it's YOUR feelings preface your comment with "I
BELIEVE" society is deteriorating yadda yadda yadda.Thank you
I know a lot of folks who don't see G rated movies because they think of
them as too tame. It's a shame, because movies like Secret Life of Arriety
was quite spectacular and special. (Especially in a theatre with a good sound
system, they did some amazing sound effects in that movie--the sorts of sounds
that made you feel just as tiny as the Little people in the movie. Very cool
movie.) We all want to grow up far too fast. And now that children
are in charge of mostly everything, they've no qualms about granting the
next generation of children their own destructive wishes.
G Rating is more of a PG rating now. They have questionable material that a
little child does not need to be exposed to.But then again we live
in a society that believes they are going to see, do, try, experiment anyway so
who cares?But as society continues to deteriorate and slide
backwards, we are being told by society that this is the new norm. Isn't
that just delightful. Broken families, broken homes....I think the bad economy
will help make people realize how important traditional values are. Hopefully we
can elect political figures that will embrace traditional values.