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Rating's Board Censors Self?

In a case reeking of conflict of interest, the MPAA, the board responsible for the US ratings system (G, PG,etc.) graded a film about itself as "NC17." This according to IMDB, who got the story from Studio Briefing. The film, "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," seeks to expose the overly secretive nature of the film board. For their trouble the MPAA stuck them with the NC17 rating, which pretty much is the commercial kiss of death. It's like a X-rating, accept that X-rated movies make a profit.

The MPAA has show some unreliability with their ratings in the past. The most famous example is "South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut." It gets it's full title from the fact that after being tagged with an NC17, the creators added offensive content instead of taking it out. When it was resubmitted, it came back with an R.

Of course it's very likely that in showing the evidence of what constitutes an adult rating, the creators of "This Film is Not Yet Rated" show things that constitute an adult rating. Okay, I grant that. However given previous MPAA rating fiascos, it remains to be seen if they were acting in good faith. --Terrence Ryan

Posted by on December 8, 2005 8:31 PM
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