Let's not forget that the MPAA represents the six largest studios in
Hollywood, and only came up with a rating system because they had to do
"something" to let the public know what kind of content they should
expect at a movie. But in recent years it's come to light that there really
is no definitive criteria for determining a film's rating. The committee
that sets the ratings is made up of random people who decide what the
film's rating should be based on their impressions. I personally think the
movie industry should adopt a system more similar to what the television
networks use and just state: "This film contains Language, Violence and
Sexual content, etc." You take a film like The King's
Speech, which has no violence, no sex but it gets an R rating because of its use
of the F-word. Then compare it against any number of PG-13 movies that are full
of violence, sex, language, drug use and all kinds of other stuff and I would
rather watch The King's Speech a thousand times versus some of the PG-13
garbage that's out there. Film ratings mean little anymore.
I very rarely consider the MPAA rating. Instead, I use a service like
"Kids-in-Mind.com" which gives a factual "blow by blow" of what
happens in the movie, with a number count! This "number" provides a
rubric for a 1-10 scale for sexuality, violence and profanity. I have found it
an extremely helpful resource the past 8 years, and will continue to use it.
Suffice it to say....our family sees VERY few movies these days. Three cheers
for "cooking shows" and board games on a Friday or Saturday night.!
People trying to find ways to be offended always do. You are the only filter
with whom you will agree. The MPAA doesn't owe you your sensibilities
across the entire spectrum. If you don't like it, don't stay. If you
think you might not like it, don't go. If you think it might be
inappropriate for kids, don't take them. Film ratings are socialism run
amok. Free enterprise upstaged. Government amok. There oughtta be a tea party of
patriots for choice on this one. I've stayed in plenty of nice hotels
trashed on tripadvisor. Eaten at many a great place someone dumped all over.
I'm not giving them the choice; I will determine whether it's good for
myself. So Stop. Don't tell me cheese potatoes or beer should be
banned because you don't like them. I'll make my own choice on movies,
cheese potatoes and beer. I already know what I think about the cheese potatoes
and beer. I can do research on the next movie. Stop looking for your reflection
in movies based solely on ratings.