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|This Film Is Not Yet Rated|
Actors: Allison Anders, Kirby Dick, Atom Egoyan, Jon Lewis, Kevin Smith
Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary
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Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 12/20/2013...
Intriguing documentary about the Motion Picture Association of America and their strange, secretive, sometimes clueless, occasionally contradictory methods of assigning 'ratings' to movies.
It seems like every director in Hollywood has butted heads with the MPAA over their rating system at least once since it was introduced in the late 1960s, usually having to do with the sexual content of films. "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" observes that rampant violence in films seems to be perfectly OK with the MPAA, but sex...hmmm, not so much. Interviews include such directors as Kevin 'Clerks' Smith, John 'Cry Baby' Waters, Matt 'South Park' Stone, and Mary 'American Psycho' Harron.
Interesting stuff that raises many questions about who gets to decide what kinds of movies America sees.
Any fan of film should see this
Patrick | Wisconsin, USA | 08/06/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's really disappointing to learn just how censored our media is. What should be protected as art and free speech is highly restricted by a bunch of people who are held accountable to no one. This documentary was highly informative and also entertaining. In particular the private investigator. I thought she was awesome."
Sex? Straight or gay? Violence? Language? What's good or ba
DelusionalAngel | USA | 08/17/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ever wondered how a movie got its rating? Why one seems to skate into a rating where as another movie with more "questionable" material gets rated much tougher? Well you aren't alone. The makers of this film not only wondered, they went out on a mission to find the answers to those questions. And how does one find those answers? By attempting to learn the identities of the mysterious rating board. Stalking out their work place. Following them to restaurants in the hopes of overhearing work chatter as they eat lunch. Sifting through their garbage. Interviewing filmmakers who have dealt with them.
In the end we are left with no real answers, but we do get some interesting commentary on the behind the scenes goings on of the movie industry along the way."
Important issue for film fans
Jem | MD, USA | 08/20/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This film is definitely one that all movie fans should see - it's not perfect by any stretch, but it does bring to light a problem in the film industry. Most of us do not even consider the rating board's impact on the films we see. Kirby Dick brings up some interesting, and disturbing points about a system that has no oversight and it kept completely secret. What makes this handful of people qualified to rate films? Why are clergy involved at all? The strongest part of the documentary are the myriad examples of double-standard and outright prejudice on which films get "slapped" with an NC-17, and which get an R. How does torture porn like "Hostel" get an R, but "Boys Don't Cry" was given an NC-17 with less nudity (and based on a true story no less)?! Moreover, why is sex a greater offense than brutal violence? Children under 17 should be allowed to see "The Passion of the Christ," but not "Clerks"? Several prominent directors are interviewed about the ratings process, and their struggle with the NC-17 rating, and Kirby Dick also documents his own journey through the process, including learning that the MPAA illegally made copies of his film! The film also has a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor, in particular the montage of "sex scenes" that counts the number of thrusts that are likely to earn the dreaded NC-17. Hilarious.
Unfortunately, what weakened this film substantially was how few filmmakers, and absolutely no industry insiders, would consent to be interviewed on camera. Which made for a very short documentary that the director then padded. I agree with another reviewer that I couldn't care less who the raters were (the point that they were not parents with children under 17 as publicized was more important than their names), and all the footage of the PI tracking them was utterly boring. In fact, I fast forwarded through almost all of it. I think the film would have been better served by letting us hear more from the directors who were interviewed (Matt Stone, Kevin Smith, etc), or by delving deeper into the DVD market and how unrated and director's cuts are benefiting the studios more than if those editions were shown in theatres. How many consumers go to the theatre for a film, and then are lured into buying the DVD for more footage?
The DVD has a few extras, including deleted scenes with more interview footage, and a scene that considers the MPAA lobby that has impacted copyright laws. This bit was so intriguing, it would have benefited from another full documentary on the subject! A Q&A session with Kirby Dick is also included, and was well worth watching. Overall, the film has many weak points, but is worth seeing just to learn more about who is determining what we see in theatres."