'The Avengers' was almost rated R

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  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Provo, UT
    March 17, 2014 7:23 p.m.

    Game of Thrones & Dexter are two shows that I for a short time enjoyed. I was drawn to the crafty story telling. I made a decision based on the Strength of Youth pamphlet that didn't say "violence" but media that portrays it as acceptable. Certainly an excess of violence is not needed. Mormon himself recognized the need to recount events, but he was also commanded to abridge his account to not bring us down. Stories, fact or fiction, should uplift. If they don't, what value do they have?

    Hearing someone scream is one thing, but watching a scene draw it out, saturate the experience through visual effects, misery, and suffering... to what end? Nothing in either show has ever prompted me or inspired me to do better, to be kinder, or to be more forgiving. In fact, they incite fear, anger, and rage more than anything.

    I followed the counsel we've been given and I'm happier for it. That's how every principle God gives us is. When we seek after good things, we find good things. What a revolutionary thought! :)

    And for the record, my life is far better without such contents.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    March 16, 2014 10:40 a.m.

    If we left it up to the MPAA, our children would not have experience from movies about heroes defending liberty and 'truth justice and the American way'.

    If the MPAA were censoring the Book of Mormon, our children would know nothing about a people who were destroyed from off the face of this western continent on account of their wickedness and secret abominations and their murders.*

    Alma 37: 29

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 16, 2014 9:06 a.m.

    Oh, the humanity! Oh, wait, I'm a responsible adult that can control my own attitudes and actions, so I don't have to worry about it.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    March 16, 2014 6:27 a.m.

    It's also amazing how many people will make a decision to see or not see a film based solely on the current of amazingly arbitrary norms of what's acceptable. Is there a movie out there that everyone's talking about? Let's go see it. Does it matter if there's nudity or violence? Not if the storyline is compelling, has great stunts or has an "important" message. Or just entertaining. Some people even take their kids to movies that is the stuff of nightmares for children. It's amazing what we view to "entertain" ourselves these days.

  • 1Reader Sunnyvale, CA
    March 15, 2014 10:25 p.m.

    It has to bother some others as much as me that PG-13s can now contain an increasing number of F-bombs. I consider that an affort to civility and decency--and to a sense of standards.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    March 15, 2014 10:39 a.m.

    They had to tone down Phil's death to make it PG13? Really?

    Loki telling off Black Widow was far more graphic.

  • HeresAThought Queen Creek, AZ
    March 15, 2014 8:16 a.m.

    This reminds me of the documentary Cleanflix. I see the need for a video rental/sales outlet that offers to carefully splice out content that is suggestive or inappropriate. It is unfortunate too... The need for such a service is more apparent than ever. If Hollywood didn't worship money so unapologetically, they would drastically increase their viewership among Christians who have high standards on media consumption.

  • mornixuur Layton, UT
    March 14, 2014 9:12 p.m.

    It's also amazing how many people will make a decision to see or not see a film based solely on the MPAA's amazingly arbitrary letter ratings.

  • PP Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 14, 2014 3:16 p.m.

    Yet somehow the lingering nude and sex scenes in Titanic did not phase the MPAA. According to the academy a character you like dying in Saints and Soldiers is more worthy of an R rating that blatant sexuality.

  • El Chango Supremo Rexburg, ID
    March 14, 2014 3:14 p.m.

    No way that should be an R-rated movie... it's amazing what they'll classify as R & what they won't!