Film ratings prove to be a bad filter, critics say

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 12, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    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.

  • chinamom Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 12, 2013 4:43 a.m.

    I very rarely consider the MPAA rating. Instead, I use a service like "" 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.!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 11, 2013 10:44 p.m.

    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.