I agree with the writer of this letter. This last weekend I could not find a
movie that i wanted to see with my wife. R rated movies do make less than
pg-pg13 movies overall that is just a fact. I figure right now is the dumping
period before the really good movies come out in November-December. It has to
be remembered that a movie does not need to make a ton of money always, just a
significant more than it cost to make. Most R rated movies are pretty
inexpensive to make as they are not meant to be the "blockbusters" that
they spend more money on to make; because they expect to make a lot back.
unrepentant progressive - Bozeman, MTI love books, but the chances
of finding smut in a book is as easy as a movie, at least with the movies they
Personally, I never disqualify an R-rated movie from consideration just because
some board decided it deserved an R rating. Instead, I look at the subject
matter, content (profanity, sex, violence, etc.) and at the reviews it has
received. We almost never go to movies that receive 2 stars or fewer.Some great R-rated movies include "Schindler's List," "The
King's Speech," "Crimson Tide," "Saving Private Ryan,"
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Grand Torino," "A
Few Good Men."
" They really don't care about their customers."They do
care about their customers, otherwise they would not put out a product in order
to make money.They know that they are not going to please 100% of
the population, but that is not their goal. It would be my guess that
individuals who choose to avoid a movie simply because of a R-Rating are in the
minority There are certain movies franchises that I don't care
for (I think they are waste of money) but my kids love them.
" They really don't care about their customers."And yet
they continue to make millions (or billions). I agree with your assessment of
the movies produced in Hollywood but I have accepted that our society as a whole
isn't bothered by those fading moral standards. And they apparently
aren't even bothered by terrible movies (Just a side note - I usually love
ALL of Tom Hanks' movies but I saw The Circle the other night and was
totally disappointed. It was a stupid movie!) OK, back to the
subject. Surprisingly, I even find myself agreeing with J Thompson, although I
think the cast members he is weary of are not the same ones I dislike.There are many things that I don't understand in our modern society. I
hate the fact that school teachers are paid very low salaries while professional
basketball players (and some non-professional ones) are paid unthinkable
salaries. But I remember Harry Caldwell, my professor in an Economic Geography
class, told me 45 years ago - it's all about supply and demand.It happens in Hollywood and it happens everywhere. It is a huge task to
change that dynamic but why not give it a try? What have we got to lose?
We select movies based on two criteria: content and cast. If we deem the
content would demean or debase, we don't watch that movie. If we deem that
members of the cast use their popularity to debase themselves or to attack
America, we don't watch that movie.After eliminating movies or
cast that would offend, then we look for something that will uplift. There are
a few GOOD movies produced every year. We watch those movies.
"Hollywood does care about its consumers" It only
cares about the "consumers" it targets. The fact is their industry can
make a very nice living off of 5-10% of the population. Just ask the nfl.
I totally agree with the writer. I haven't been to the movies in years
because they are boring. The writers have run out of imagination so they use sex
and violence to offset a bad story line (if there is one). Much rather watch an
old black and white than the stuff they make now days. At least the old ones had
to be written well or they wouldn't sell. I say if you take out all the
junk and the movie can stand on it's own without it then why add the junk
in the first place. Nothing replaces good writing.
Hollywood does care about its consumers. They are giving the people what the
people want. Money is the proof. If a movie comes out and is rated G, it often
fails. Throw in something spicy, and it sells. Hollywood is only following the
demands of the marketplace. Blame yourself and your neighbors, not Hollywood.
I don't know what your problem is....We don't watch
"R" rated movies, and we watch at least 1 movie a week.I recommend "Dunkirk", "The Jungle Book", "Beauty and the
Beast" and "Going in Style".Any 007 or Jason Borne series.Star Wars, Star Trek....etc.There is plenty out there...
Not everyone hates R rated movies. I'm afraid among adults you are in the
The answer is simple: you are not their target demographic.
So, don't watch movies. Books are better. TV is a waste of
time. And much that is commercially profitable to Hollywood is either risque to
some or banal to others.Read, there are lots more choices.
You know, to me it looks like the entertainment industry is following their
customers very closely, and giving them what they want. It isn't
particularly what I want, or what the letter writer wants, but that's the
way it works. I don't go to many movies either, not because I'm
fearful of R rated content but mostly because the premise of most of them
I would agree with the author of this article. Hollywood does a lousy job in
finding content that is what this consumer wants. I can't speak for anyone
else. What storylines are just so lame. And what movie doesn't have to have
some couple have premarital sex in it?Finding out that the likes of
Harvey Weinstein has believed in (and practiced) premarital sex &
extramarital sex, people with his lifestyle have evidently been working at
justifying and normalizing their lifestyles for decades now. And their
normalization of immorality in the media they have been into movies, making
immorality the norm in everyday life.Also, swearing is so ubiquitous
in some movies as to make one numb listening to it. It astounds me how often the
f word is used over and over in movies, even already to the exclusion of other
There are plenty of other options on Netflix, Hulu, streaming, Redbox, etc.
There must be a huge market for R rated movies if 70% (doubtful- just looked at
the listings) are rated R. There's plenty of ways to find
entertainment to suit your tastes-more than any other time in history.