Problem 1: The MPAA is biased towards the studios.
a. Gun-play (Directer also made Terminator)
b. A sex scene (Brings Men)
c. Innuendo (Why not)
d. Bare breasts (Because she was hot)
e. Children drowning (Why not?)
f. Attempted Murder (Cameron)
g. Freezing to death (Die!)
h. Mild Profanity (Yes!)
i. Leaving someone to freeze to death (FOR LOVE!)
f. Kissing (straight)
But I'm a Cheerleader (barely dodged NC-17)
a. A (clothed) sex scene (for satirical purposes)
b. Intense Innuendo (For humor and satire)
c. Exploration of Sexuality (For satirical purposes)
d. Exploration of Gender roles
e. Kissing (Gay).
F. Crude Humor (also for satirical purposes)
Why did "Titanic" dodge R, while "But I'm A Cheerleader" had to cut for an R?
Titanic included sexuality, nudity, and violence just to have sexuality, nudity, and violence.
But I'm a Cheerleader had (only) sexuality to explore entire philosophies on gender roles, sexuality, rights, religion, and politics (with humor).
Problem 2: SO MUCH INCONSISTENCY!
In theory: "Idiot" and "moron"
In practice: Transformers
In theory: You can have 1 non-sexual use of the F-word. Or is it 3? 4? 5?
In practice: Forget it! Let's have Wolverine break the rules!
For PG-13: NO BLOOD! Except for when there is blood. Then the blood is OK. Anything short of cannibalism.
For R: Umm... Blood!
For NC-17: Don't be too brutal... How can you be worse than Saw? Figure it out!
For G: NO NUDITY FOR YOU!
In theory: "brief nudity is acceptable"...
In practice: If you are a cartoon, you can show your butt...
In theory: "Brief, nonsexual nudity"...
In practice: Skimpy bikinis! Nudity is harmful! (Unless James Cameron directs it).
In theory: "Full frontal nudity possible"
In practice: Breasts! Butts! (unless the subject is a guy, then showing your butt gets risky.)
Do whatever you want!
PG-13: Um... Kissing. Rape, maybe?
R: Rape, unless you show too much... Sex...
NC-17: Do whatever you want.
Problem 3: NC-17
Most theaters don't carry them, and you can't advertise on TV.
Problem 4: No accountability!
We have no ideas who rate these movies.
Problem 5: Often does not express parental values.
I think if it was going to be altered towards being less strict then I would say no leave it alone because some content that maybe mild to some while others might not be able to handle it maybe because the tolerance level differs from one person to the next and it would not be wise to keep changing the ratings.