C'mon Hollywood #171
... fix the MPAA already!
I hate the Motion Picture Association of America. Not just with that annoying, loud refrigerator hatred, but with an insane passion. Typically, my hatred for the MPAA is buried deep inside because Iím not intimately involved with their day to day dealings. But every now and again you read a story like what happened with ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO and that rage boils back up like a bad case of oral herpes.
Does anyone else find Elizabeth Banks incredibly sexy?
Kirby Dick made a documentary a while back called THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED that really exposed the MPAA for what they are; a sham of an organization. There are no standards, no rules, no guidelines. Itís whatever the random people feel like on any given day. So if one of the guys on the ratings board found out his wife was blowing his best friend, your adult comedy movie will get an NC-17. If the bored housewife with too much time on her hands had a fight with her kid; your family film just got an ďRĒ rating. I have more of these, but basically, when you donít have any rules or standards to go by, youíre leaving the fate of someoneís films up to chance. In an organization as big and influential as Hollywood, thatís unacceptable.
Yes, he organized a stakeout on the MPAA
Imagine if the Food and Drug Administration had a similar policy regarding which drugs made it to store shelves. Would you feel safe buying that cough medicine? No, youíd buy a book on herbal remedies and hope for the best. Granted, peopleís lives arenít at stake when it comes to movies, but movies are a form of art and the ratings associated with movies dictate who is allowed to see a movie and who isnít, even if 98% of the theaters in America donít actually card people or enforce the rules. The point is that an NC-17 rating is the kiss of death for what should be an R rated film and a PG-13 rating can mean big bucks to a family film that should have been rated PG.
Why are there so many shades of green in these preview ratings?
The biggest issue I have is with the varying standards for violence and nudity. Why is it ok to watch 20 people get mowed down with a machine gun, but one penis on screen and everyone flips out? I can serve three life sentences for killing someone, but if I expose myself in public, I just have to spend the night in the drunk tank at the local sheriffís office. Why is violence so easily accepted in Hollywood, but nudity is not? Iím sure this has some much larger meaning on our society, but Iím trying to stay focused. The biggest kicker is this quote from the MPAA website: ď78% of parents with children under 13 found the ratings to be "very useful" to "fairly useful" in helping them make decisions about what movies their children see.Ē Is that even a real statistic? On a recent poll, I found that 80% of the people polled find that eating is useful in relieving hunger pains. And thatís the best statistic they can come up with to brag about their effectiveness. How have they managed to stay around since 1945?
Because I canít get enough Banks.
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