Chris Hicks: G-rated films for older audiences have all but vanished

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  • The Wraith Kaysville, UT
    May 12, 2014 10:46 a.m.

    I have a hard time that people really believe Hollywood is out to destroy America. As if there is a cabal of men and women who meet in shady, smoke-filled board rooms rubbing their hands together in glee at the success of their evil plot. Each studio representative going over a list of values they will try to destroy in the coming year and the rest cackling in pleasure as they picture all the kids that will become degenerates because all the hidden, subtle, and overt messages they put into their films. For generations these meetings have been held, starting with tiny steps in the post war years, moving little by little, all with the goal in mind of destroying American values. Or at least destroying the values that some people feel are the "real" values because we all know who those "other" values belong to in the end. It's a conspiracy that involves tens of thousands - all with one single minded obsession.

    At least that's how I imagine people picture it happening.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    May 10, 2014 12:47 p.m.

    There were some movies I enjoyed watching, in the old days, as almost community events. There were large audiences compared to today and many movies that the whole family could enjoy. Even crime movies, unsuitable for unaccompainied children, were themselves void of the eff word and other offensive content and yet the spirit of the events portrayed were not thereby wholly deficient.

    Maybe today's film industry is as bad, if not worse, than is depicted on this thread; maybe the genre and their venues oudmoded and unnecessary. One approach is to watch the best of old and new video (not all being made for cinema audiences to begin with). We have good dvd players. blue ray, three-D, and big screens produced for use in the home; the quality of which was for a long time superior to what could be viewed at the cinema.

    Until we can watch, at cinemas (if we must view t hem there), cinematic-like productions more to our taste and standards, why not use our money to purchase such equipment and watch at home, avoiding often almost deserted, deafening and sordid, theaters altogether.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    May 9, 2014 10:48 p.m.

    "Irreplaceable," the recent film produced by Focus on the Family, is rated PG. That an uber-Family Values, ultra-Christian organization couldn't make their point without venturing of of G-rated territory says something.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    May 9, 2014 1:43 p.m.

    I either watch the oldies, most of the time, or G and PG. I have not seen an R in about 40 years, and have to admit, I did see a couple of X's in my early adult. It was after that, I vowed to never see and R or worse again. I would have to say that 1 out of every 200 movies I have seen is PG13.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    May 9, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    The MPAA ratings are utterly worthless . . actually, I take it back. They're counterproductive.

    Instead of acting as a parents' guide (their ostensible purpose), the nonsensical and backwards methods of the ratings board give incentives to studios to trim off bits and pieces of movies to cram them into the right box. Thus you have material that is really meant for mature audiences being edited juuuuuuuuust enough to fit into the PG-13 bucket, which is the sweet spot as far as box-office goes. It's become a game of "count the nipples and cuss-words, and measure the aterial spray."

    The G rating is pretty much irrelevant. Studios know if their movies appear too self-consciously squeaky-clean, large chunks of potential ticket buyers lose interest. Even PG movies these days have to be pretty innocuous. The PG-13 parameters are, frankly, a puzzle.

    Want to know what potentially offensive content is in a movie? Go to Kids In Mind (just Google it). If you can't be bothered to do that and prefer to rely on the MPAA, you're getting the murky, useless information you deserve.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    May 9, 2014 12:09 p.m.

    To "Brave Sir Robin" you are wrong. Hollywood is not out there doing what it takes to make money. They have devolved into self destructive habbits.

    There are many studies out there showing that the biggest money makers are the G and PG movies, and sometimes the PG13 movies. Knowing that those more family friendly ratings are the biggest money makers, Hollywood makes more R rated movies than any other type of movie. Since 1968 when the MPAA began 55% of movies have been rated R. If Hollywood was really concerned about making money I would expect there to be few R rated movies.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    May 9, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    @ Brave Sir Robin,

    The only problem with the assumption that Hollywood is just serving our desires is that the lower rated movies make more money and yet Hollywood still doesn't make them as much as they do the movies with more adult themes and violence. Something else is going on too. Movies that entire families can enjoy together make vast sums of money but they aren't made as often. I don't exactly know why they don't pursue the $ more. I think it's because deep down the people who produce the movies must make the movies for reasons that are mixed with monetary reasons. Perhaps want to teach some point of view or perhaps see their "art" as needing violence or sex or whatever for it to be "realistic". Or perhaps they need the film to be a serious film to be considered for the coveted Oscar and "G" movies aren't serious enough. I think the reasons vary. But if it was just $, we'd see many more lower rated films than we do right now. I suspect we'll see more in the future as the market corrects itself.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    May 9, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    @Brave Sir Robin - I agree that Hollywood is just trying to make money by catering to what the public wants to see. However, I think their own predelictions color their perception of what the public wants. A moral, non-violent, clean language representation of the world may seem very foreign to them.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 9, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    I stay away where there is a chance the movie will be attended by children. Let's hear it for non G rated movies, as well as peace and quiet.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    May 9, 2014 10:22 a.m.

    @John Charity Spring

    "Modern Hollywood is a morally bankrupt, morally bankrupt organization which is determined to destroy traditional American values."

    Incorrect. Like all industries, Hollywood is simply determined to make money. Whether they destroy American values or not is not something Hollywood execs sit around pondering. I would argue that movies are not capable of destroying traditional American values - only we the people can do that. Movies are just pictures and words on a screen, not living beings.

    Hollywood is just doing what will make money. There would be more g-rated movies if there were more demand for them. If people would stand up against screen violence, drug use, sex, etc., there would be more movies without those things. But right now, that's what Americans want to see in their movies - don't blame Hollywood for obliging.

  • Big_Bird West Jordan, UT
    May 9, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    I may be only one person, but I do not support the movie industry because I don't agree with the standards (including violence)they portray. This includes TV, video games, and books... saves me a lot of money on movie tickets, big screen televisions and video games.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    May 8, 2014 9:39 p.m.

    Modern Hollywood is a morally bankrupt, morally bankrupt organization which is determined to destroy traditional American values. It should be no surprise that it refuses to produce wholesome movies.

    Modern Hollywood would have the public believe that drug use and deviant sexuality are not only acceptable, they are desirable. Indeed, Hollywood has an open and stated agenda of promoting substance abuse and immorality.

    Shame on the liberal producers and directors who seek to destroy the souls of the American public. They deserve swift and severe condemnation.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    May 8, 2014 4:47 p.m.

    BYU TV has them all the time. Then there's "Granite Flats" the new series from BYU TV (no, you don't have to be mormon to watch them)

    You can always check out old movies from your local library for free.

  • BrentBot Salt Lake City, UT
    May 8, 2014 4:44 p.m.

    For anyone wanting to see "Adult G-rated" movies, they should go to It is possible to view Turner Classic Movies over the Internet. If your cable provider has TCM, you might want to subscribe to their monthly listing of classic movies.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    May 8, 2014 4:02 p.m.

    " . . . would the audience really stay away because of the rating?"

    I don't think audiences stay away because of the rating. I don't. A good film is a good film.

    And if very few G-rated movies are out there, that could be a huge untapped market now with huge money-making potential.

    A person or organization with financial wherewithal, who can gather together excellent writers to produce an excellent script delivered by excellent actors, who give excellent performances under an excellent director, who does an excellent editing job should be able to produce a pretty good G-rated movie that people will want to watch.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    May 8, 2014 3:51 p.m.

    Maybe it also shows that the movie rating system has grown up. While movies are pushing boundaries in what they include the fact that the rating system has matured must play a part here. As the article states, Planet of the Apes would never earn a G rating today. I suppose it's ironic that the MPAA rating system seems to be only hurting the movie industry by self-proclaiming that there is very little fare appropriate for General Audiences. And for my opinions, these ratings and the lack of G rated movies only serves to keep me and my family away from it all; even if there is something more value-driven in its presentation it's still probably not worth my time. Ah, progress.

  • On the other hand Riverdale, MD
    May 8, 2014 3:31 p.m.

    I don't mind that G movies are rare, but I'd love to see more really good PG movies being made.