This Film Is Not Yet Rated because THEY said so

11 Jan


In 1966, The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) replaced the out-of-date Hays code with a new rating system that has evolved into our current understanding of the familiar letter grades.  Most artists understand the rating system’s purpose, but many disagree with the committee’s subjective censorship policies in regards to sex and nudity.

One of the ways to protect the MPAA’s rating board from outside influence is to keep their names anonymous from the public. Filmmaker Kirby Dick wants to know who these people are and their qualifications for such a powerful position. Dick hires a private investigator to track down these people’s identities while he inserts interviews with several prominent directors and clips from their films. His research reveals a prejudice against homosexuality and the female gender in particular, but a high tolerance for violence. The documentary is one-sided, but reveals some interesting facts about the movie business that have been kept in the “closet” for too long.


Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: B

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