Is the G rating dying out in movie theaters?

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  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 22, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    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.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    Oct. 22, 2012 3:56 p.m.

    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.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 21, 2012 3:46 p.m.

    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.

  • Maybiner Salem, OR
    Oct. 18, 2012 7:36 p.m.

    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 per year.

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    Oct. 18, 2012 9:36 a.m.

    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.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 9:13 a.m.

    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.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 17, 2012 6:46 a.m.

    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.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Oct. 16, 2012 8:29 p.m.

    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

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 11:31 p.m.

    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.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Oct. 12, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    @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 very much.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    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.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    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.