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This Film Is Not Yet Rated
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02.13.2007 By: Sturdy
This Film Is Not Yet Rated order
Director:
Kirby Dick

Actors:
John Waters
Matt Stone
Kevin Smith

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Director Kirby Dick sets out to unveil the many secrets and hypocrisies of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Along the way, he manages to uncover the names of the screeners and get other famous directors to give their views on the subject.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This film reminds me of a fight where one person is beating up another person and right before the loser is about to fall down, the would-be victor decides not to fight anymore. To continue with the analogy, THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED pulls way too many punches and therefore falls short of accomplishing what it has set out to do.

I love the subject material and in fact, itís something that I, too have researched. The MPAA really is an amazing organization given that it can do whatever it wants and get away with it. We needed a film like this to bring this censorship organization to the light but Iím afraid the injustices committed by the MPAA are only briefly touched on in this film. I wouldíve loved to hear from a minority director and get their views on why the MPAA allows white nudity but not black nudity, or why full frontal for a woman is ok, but not allowed for a man. The subjects are grazed, but not developed. Also, the focus seemed to be too much on nudity as opposed to violence. How much blood is too much? How many f-bombs can you drop before you get the ďRĒ rating? These, and many others are questions the MPAA needs to answer.

I wouldíve also liked to know what movie fans can do about this. I think thatís where Mr. Dick shuts off the camera. He was more focused on finding the names of the screeners than actually making a difference in the entertainment industry. I also feel bad for the directors who went out on a limb and voiced their opinions. I donít feel their time or courage was properly rewarded. At the end of the film, I wanted more than just the names of the screeners.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Kirby Dick, Eddie Schmidt, Drew McWeeny (Moriarity): Iíd love to bash on AICNís Moriarity, but as it turns out, he gives a pretty good commentary. They talk a lot about the MPAA and the after effects of the movie (there were none). Overall, this was a good listen and worth the time.

Q&A with Kirby at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival (8:59): Kirby is a great interview and the crowds seem to get a kick out of him. Heís straight-forward and honest. He reminds me Kevin Smith with a mission.

Deleted Scenes (9:18): This is definitely worth the time even if you didnít like the film. Smith is hilarious as usual and the other directors are a blast too. This might be the best part of the DVD.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Thereís a good film somewhere in this subject matter, but Kirby Dick didnít maximize the potential of his idea. If you donít know anything about the MPAA, but want to learn, than this film should be an eye opener. If you already know what a crock the MPAA is, than Iíd leave this one on the shelf.
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