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Should the standards by which movies are rated be changed?

Asked by: TillDebate
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  • It needs to be fixed

    . In my opinion there should be a rating system because their is content tat is not age appropriate for them. You know sexual violence, intense violence, harsh language, drugs, intense scenes that are not cool for 5 year olds.

    I do think the rating system is broken because parents do not understand how it works or they do not care and they abuse it and get mad at the people who made the movie because they abused the rating system and not followed the guidelines.

    We have G,Pg,Pg-13, R, and Nc-17. In order to fix it what needs to happen is the Pg rating needs to go away or make pg-13 rating higher and make the R closer together like Pg-14/15 and 16 for R. So it gives PG a wider range. Pg means parental guidance suggested. Now this should mean that the content is appropriate for kids still but not for everyone. This means there may be some cussing, sex or some violence, or scary themes that some kids would not be able to handle. But not necessarily strong enough for a pg-14/15 rating.

    For a pg 14/15 rating there will be violence and gore, sex, some harsh language, intense scenes, drugs whatever.

    But bringing those two ratings closer together 14 and 16 makes less controversy with 2 year spread instead of 4 years when R is 17 and pg-13. Also it will not be such a big deal when their is border line r and pg-13 movies. Such as Bully.

    The R rating should 16 by itself. It is because If you are given the responsibility of driving a car you can handle an r rated movie. Because 17 For R and Nc-17 which is 18 is only a 1 year difference so it is pretty stupid.

    NC-17 can be given to those movies that you should be an adult 18 and over. And the name needs to change to Adult

    So I have 2 rating systems that would help fix the problem G, Pg-13. R(16), and Adult (18) Or G, Pg, Pg-14/15 R(16), Adult (18)

    I honestly think this will help fix the problem but only if parents honor the system and not abuse it. Contact me if there is any questions.

  • The MPAA Rating System

    The rating system that exists today, as some have said before me, has become more of a marketing tool than a legitimacy system of warning for parents. Rated-R movies generate buzz solely on their rating, while PG-13 films get away with more violence and adult situations (a generalized term). The current MPAA system (G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17) is like the fourth or fifth update to the rating system itself. Also, the fact that ratings are determined by a select group of people and the filmmakers have to defend their film during the ratings process is reprehensible. Films are rated inconsistently, and as a result of that, a lot of filmmakers are met with the dilemma of destroying their vision for the sake of mainstream release (through extensive editing), or depend solely on the independent market, a market that has grown in recent years, yes, but still lacks a lot of the resources mainstream studios have for promotion and compensation. The current system (and all of it's inconsistencies) was created in response to the abolition of the Hayes/Breen Production Code, which was designed and implemented in the early-to-mid-1930's by a Protestant minister turned Hollywood liaison in response to gaudy resentment and vicious protest of Hollywood as a whole, then enforced in a much stricter manner after a man named Joseph Breen took over the office in 1934. The major studios decided on Hayes because they wanted the demographic protesting them to start coming to the movies. The Hayes/Breen Code stripped films of any "overtly" (this term was subjective) non-Christian/unacceptable content. While the films remained secular, the sex, drugs, and violence of pre-Code Hollywood was no longer acceptable. Believe it or not, many pre-Code Hollywood films were more graphic than the films of today. But, when the Hayes/Breen Code was dismissed in 1968, the MPAA rating system was implemented, and since there wasn't a universally accepted idea of what the parameters of the ratings should have been, classification has been inconsistent and controversial ever since, especially when new ratings are added and old ones are taken away.

    What would be a good idea is to come up with a cohesive system (with universal studio support), or just doing away with it altogether. You know, further force parents to do what they were supposed to do in the first place and exercise discretion when it comes to what their kids are exposed to.

    Sorry if that seemed like a ramble. There's a lot of history that needs to be taken into consideration when it comes to the debate over whether the MPAA rating system should be changed.

  • Ratings are based on poor factors.

    The current ratings system measures factors such as sex, violence, language and thematic level. It is really only intended as an aid for parents to determine whether a movie is appropriate for a particular audience. The movie industry has played with the ratings in such a way as to make them more of a marketing tool that an audience decision tool. When I go to a movie, I want to see a good movie, and the ratings system does not help me at all. There should be a rating that lets me know that a movie is so bad it should not be seen by anyone.

  • More violence can be seen in PG-13 movies nowadays than in rated R movies.

    Rated R movies should have more violence present than PG-13 movies. This is not the case in today's movie-making, and should be altered. I propose a change in the standards by which movies are rated. That way, ratings will be more appropriate and agreed upon than in today's movie market.

  • It should stay the same.

    The standards by which movies are being rated should stay the same, not be changed. There is nothing wrong with the current system and movies are being correctly rated right now. It would be a waste of time and energy to change the system. No sense in trying to fix something that is not broke.


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