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Let me start off by saying that this is far from a reality, and considering that the film is already out and extraordinarily popular I sincerely doubt much (if anything) will come of the petition at hand.

With that being said, The Christian Film and Television Commission has raised a hue and cry to have DJANGO UNCHAINED given a new rating of NC-17 instead of the R rating it already bears. Here's their complete statement on the matter, with a bit more discussion to follow post-quotation:

"In light of the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut where 20 first-graders and 6 staff members lost their lives, we are calling on the MPAA to give DJANGO UNCHAINED an NC-17 rating.

DJANGO UNCHAINED is the most violent movie of the year and is full of  brutality, graphic violence, and crude language.  The violence is extremely grotesque including blood spurting like lava from gunshots, a man hung upside down, several people shot point blank, and a slave is eaten by dogs.  The extreme violence and bloodshed is no surprise coming from director Quentin Tarantino who also directed extremely violent movies KILL BILL VOL. 1, PULP FICTION, and INGLORIOUS BASTARDS. 

Because of the recent school shooting in Connecticut, even the star of the Movie Actor Jamie Foxx realized the connection between movie violence and violence in the real world.  'We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn’t have a sort of influence,' Foxx said. 'It does.'  By rating the film NC-17 this will ensure that no one under the age of 17 will be admitted to see the film.  Currently the film is rated R which means young children will be able to watch DJANGO UNCHAINED when accompanied by a parent."

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I'm not one to make fun of what other people sincerely believe, especially when in their eyes it's a question of the safety and sanctity of a soul.  I may disagree, though that's hardly grounds for blind dismissal.  But, I do find it curious that this organization's concern is particularly the young children who may be able to see DJANGO UNCHAINED with parental permission.  And how that same concern doesn't seem to extend to the same parents who would be bringing them to see the film, because... why? Are they already a lost cause? Somebody help me out here.

If you do feel so inclined, you can click right here to be taken on over to the formal petition page.  If you want to set up a counter petition and/or send in your own complaint about their complaint, no forum is seemingly provided for that but I'm sure you could find your own way well enough.

What do you think about the NC-17 rating in general, and what does it say (if anything) about our culture that so few cinemas will agree to show a film with that rating considering the reduced revenue? What do you think about re-rating films after release? And perhaps most importantly of all (in polite language), what do you think about this petition's point? Does it have a point? Strike back below and let us know!

Extra Tidbit: Under the "victories" tab on the website, you can find how Texas refused to allow MACHETE to make use of taxpayer money for its budget after The Christian Film and Television Commission complained. "Hundreds of emails flooded the film commissions office and journalists picked up on the story of how Texas citizens were unwittingly funding a movie with not only a Communist message, but also a violent racist message as well." Uhm... Communist?

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4:40PM on 12/31/2012

Wow

The violence in Django Unchained is way over the top, but it is not disturbing in any sense. What is disturbing is the subject matter. Slavery was brutal. Way more brutal than Tarantino has depicted here. This is tame compared to the brutality of American slavery. Don't shy away from it just because it disturbs you. That's the genius of it. It's supposed to make you uncomfortable. Everyone should see this movie. I took my 10, 14, and 17 year old daughters to see it. When the movie
The violence in Django Unchained is way over the top, but it is not disturbing in any sense. What is disturbing is the subject matter. Slavery was brutal. Way more brutal than Tarantino has depicted here. This is tame compared to the brutality of American slavery. Don't shy away from it just because it disturbs you. That's the genius of it. It's supposed to make you uncomfortable. Everyone should see this movie. I took my 10, 14, and 17 year old daughters to see it. When the movie ended my 10 year old exclaimed that it was now her new favorite movie. That was a proud moment.
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4:33PM on 12/31/2012

Wow

The violence in Django Unchained is way over the top, but it is not disturbing in any sense. What is disturbing is the subject matter. Slavery was brutal. Way more brutal than Tarantino has depicted here. This is tame compared to the brutality of American slavery. Don't shy away from it just because it disturbs you. That's the genius of it. It's supposed to make you uncomfortable. Everyone should see this movie. I took my 10, 14, and 17 year old daughters to see it. When the movie
The violence in Django Unchained is way over the top, but it is not disturbing in any sense. What is disturbing is the subject matter. Slavery was brutal. Way more brutal than Tarantino has depicted here. This is tame compared to the brutality of American slavery. Don't shy away from it just because it disturbs you. That's the genius of it. It's supposed to make you uncomfortable. Everyone should see this movie. I took my 10, 14, and 17 year old daughters to see it. When the movie ended my 10 year old exclaimed that it was now her new favorite movie. That was a proud moment.
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10:31PM on 12/30/2012

Seriously... JoBlo is posting something this stupid?

I have never registered with JoBlo before today, but have been an avid reader/lurker for many years. I seriously can't believe you wasted internet space and server storage to post an article this stupid.

When the real JoBlo comes back online let me know.
I have never registered with JoBlo before today, but have been an avid reader/lurker for many years. I seriously can't believe you wasted internet space and server storage to post an article this stupid.

When the real JoBlo comes back online let me know.
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8:14PM on 12/30/2012

It's a Tarantino movie fer Chrissakes

I find this petition somewhat amusing. First of all why this movie and not, Inglorious Basterds, Reservoir Dogs, or any one of the other Tarantino movies. You know what to expect from a Quentin Tarantino movie. I confess I have yet to watch Django Unchained (an oversight that I'll hopefully correct next weekend).

Although a lot of commentators here pointed out they'd watch Django Unchained even it were NC-17, they'd have to watch it at home. as the major multiplex chains like AMC Theaters
I find this petition somewhat amusing. First of all why this movie and not, Inglorious Basterds, Reservoir Dogs, or any one of the other Tarantino movies. You know what to expect from a Quentin Tarantino movie. I confess I have yet to watch Django Unchained (an oversight that I'll hopefully correct next weekend).

Although a lot of commentators here pointed out they'd watch Django Unchained even it were NC-17, they'd have to watch it at home. as the major multiplex chains like AMC Theaters have a policy not to show NC-17 movies.Funny that the Passion of the Christ which is basically a snuff/torture porn flick in religious drag (and which I personally found hypocritical that religious groups backed wholeheartedly) is R-rated, but this movie, an over-the-top vigilante movie is now too much for those same people and want it re-rated.

The question is, has the MPAA ever gone back and re-rated a movie once it's been released. And the bigger one, even if they fail this time, would the MPAA be harsher on Quentin Tarantino his next movie is released?
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6:14PM on 12/30/2012

UPDATE: Now that I've seen it

With all the penises in the movie, I could see it being NC-17. One of them is practcially erect...sort of....

Who cares, it was awesome to see all those penises..er..a good movie.
With all the penises in the movie, I could see it being NC-17. One of them is practcially erect...sort of....

Who cares, it was awesome to see all those penises..er..a good movie.
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1:42PM on 12/30/2012

I want to start a petition to get the Passion of the Christ pulled from shelves andrerated NC-17.

Why not? It's essentially a snuff film. Government sponsored torture and murder shown in hyper graphic detail, all because a peaceful upset the religious status quo. And the director caner out as anti-Semitic too boot
Why not? It's essentially a snuff film. Government sponsored torture and murder shown in hyper graphic detail, all because a peaceful upset the religious status quo. And the director caner out as anti-Semitic too boot
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8:49PM on 12/29/2012

these fucking people..

this is why we can't have anything good
this is why we can't have anything good
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1:06AM on 12/29/2012

Bunch of BS

All they are wanting to do is blame something for what happened, that absolutely had nothing to do with the shooting. What does a movies rating have to do with that??? NC-17 or R.... It's rated R so kids can't get in without a guardian.... Then blame parents for taking or allowing their young children to watch these types of movies. It should not be a complete shock to parents, what kind of movies Tarantino directs and that they are all graphic in some way. Yeah a movie rating would really
All they are wanting to do is blame something for what happened, that absolutely had nothing to do with the shooting. What does a movies rating have to do with that??? NC-17 or R.... It's rated R so kids can't get in without a guardian.... Then blame parents for taking or allowing their young children to watch these types of movies. It should not be a complete shock to parents, what kind of movies Tarantino directs and that they are all graphic in some way. Yeah a movie rating would really help people get over that tragedy or prevent others from taking place.... Just like banning guns will solve all these problems. These people are idiots!
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9:51PM on 12/28/2012
They cited one of the films offences as "a man hung upside down."
They cited one of the films offences as "a man hung upside down."
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4:01AM on 12/29/2012
In case you need it clarified, it's a man hung upside down in the nude with his dick swinging freely lol
In case you need it clarified, it's a man hung upside down in the nude with his dick swinging freely lol
1:26PM on 12/28/2012
Have those cocksuckers from The Christian Film and Television Commission never heard of a spoiler alert?
Have those cocksuckers from The Christian Film and Television Commission never heard of a spoiler alert?
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1:14PM on 12/28/2012

I turned 18 long ago and ever since movie ratings mean this to me: should it be R for what I want to see but instead it's PG 13? Okay then fuck it.

NC 17? Who cares? Rate is defcon alpha bravo text message for all I care. As long as I can still see it then make up whatever system evaluation you damned well please, totalitarian socialist assholes.
NC 17? Who cares? Rate is defcon alpha bravo text message for all I care. As long as I can still see it then make up whatever system evaluation you damned well please, totalitarian socialist assholes.
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12:57PM on 12/28/2012

It's a Tarantino movie

I don't think a NC-17 would hurt it that much. I know it's considered a touch of death, but, c'mon, it's a TARANTINO movie.

Anyone going in not expecting over the top violence is an idiot...or Christian Film and Television Commission member?
I don't think a NC-17 would hurt it that much. I know it's considered a touch of death, but, c'mon, it's a TARANTINO movie.

Anyone going in not expecting over the top violence is an idiot...or Christian Film and Television Commission member?
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11:05AM on 12/28/2012

pussies.

and then they want a fucking donation.
and then they want a fucking donation.
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11:05AM on 12/28/2012
I'm sick of movies and games being blamed for violent behavior. We see more sports nuts as bullies than we do gamers. Violence in movies or games don't create violent people, their upbringing and how they deal with it either creates violent people or not. I still remember getting Mortal Kombat 2 for Xmas from my grandmother, I was about 10yrs old or so. The reasons she didn't mind her grandkids playing violent games is because she KNEW that we knew the difference between real life violence and
I'm sick of movies and games being blamed for violent behavior. We see more sports nuts as bullies than we do gamers. Violence in movies or games don't create violent people, their upbringing and how they deal with it either creates violent people or not. I still remember getting Mortal Kombat 2 for Xmas from my grandmother, I was about 10yrs old or so. The reasons she didn't mind her grandkids playing violent games is because she KNEW that we knew the difference between real life violence and what movies and games give us. You can be a hardcore Grand Theft Auto fan playing as hardcore and badass as you want and still be a softy. Django Unchained doesn't create shooters. Owning guns and having ANY possible means of your kids gaining access, that's the problem.
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8:40AM on 12/28/2012

Trying to exploit these shootings for something like this is pathetic

Millions of people watch violent movies like Django Unchained every year and they never resort to violence - I mean to say violence in media is in any way responsible for or connected to the mental illnesses these sick people suffer from and the violence they commit is egregious. It's blatantly avoiding the real issue and a search for an actual solution to these problems. To be frank, it's just pathetic and insulting.
Millions of people watch violent movies like Django Unchained every year and they never resort to violence - I mean to say violence in media is in any way responsible for or connected to the mental illnesses these sick people suffer from and the violence they commit is egregious. It's blatantly avoiding the real issue and a search for an actual solution to these problems. To be frank, it's just pathetic and insulting.
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8:08AM on 12/28/2012
I don't get it.
So by rating this movie NC-17, they think they can stop influencing future Adam Lanza's?!
Adam Lanza was 20 years old. NC-17 or not, he still could have seen this movie.
I don't get it.
So by rating this movie NC-17, they think they can stop influencing future Adam Lanza's?!
Adam Lanza was 20 years old. NC-17 or not, he still could have seen this movie.
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8:50AM on 12/28/2012
Yeah, but you're using logic. Logic to a Christian is like holy water to a vampire.
Yeah, but you're using logic. Logic to a Christian is like holy water to a vampire.
3:53AM on 12/28/2012
Did they launch a similar campaign against the violence in Passion of the Christ?

#Cunts.
Did they launch a similar campaign against the violence in Passion of the Christ?

#Cunts.
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2:52AM on 12/28/2012
My labrador puppy is biting me.i blame movies for its violent behaviour.lol
My labrador puppy is biting me.i blame movies for its violent behaviour.lol
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12:51AM on 12/28/2012
Parents need to be less shitty at parenting. That's all it boils down to. If I had a kid, no way in hell I'd let him see a Tarantino film until he was at least 15 years of age. If you make it NC-17, then a 15- or 16-year-old can't see it with his dad. Why should that kind of person suffer just because some parents are so bad as to bring a small child into an R film? Use some common sense, people!
Parents need to be less shitty at parenting. That's all it boils down to. If I had a kid, no way in hell I'd let him see a Tarantino film until he was at least 15 years of age. If you make it NC-17, then a 15- or 16-year-old can't see it with his dad. Why should that kind of person suffer just because some parents are so bad as to bring a small child into an R film? Use some common sense, people!
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12:17AM on 12/28/2012

C'mon man

Too brutal? Ya know slavery was a real thing. We also went around shooting each other like crazy people. Thid movie is relatively tame compared to the true historical events of the time. How about this. If it bothers you, don't see it. If u are an unbalanced, mamas boy with a bad haircut... Don't see the movie and seek immediate help. Sandy Hook was a tragedy. However, movie/videogame violence have nothing to do with that tragic event. Simple solution America..... Monitor your kids, mentor
Too brutal? Ya know slavery was a real thing. We also went around shooting each other like crazy people. Thid movie is relatively tame compared to the true historical events of the time. How about this. If it bothers you, don't see it. If u are an unbalanced, mamas boy with a bad haircut... Don't see the movie and seek immediate help. Sandy Hook was a tragedy. However, movie/videogame violence have nothing to do with that tragic event. Simple solution America..... Monitor your kids, mentor them, guide them, love them, spend time with them. Take them to age appropriate entertainment, and don't let the tv raise them.
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12:16AM on 12/28/2012

C'mon man

Too brutal? Ya know slavery was a real thing. We also went around shooting each other like crazy people. This movie is relatively tame compared to the true historical events of the time. How about this. If it bothers you, don't see it. If u are an unbalanced, mamas boy with a bad haircut... Don't see the movie and seek immediate help. Sandy Hook was a tragedy. However, movie/videogame violence have nothing to do with that tragic event. Simple solution America..... Monitor your kids, mentor
Too brutal? Ya know slavery was a real thing. We also went around shooting each other like crazy people. This movie is relatively tame compared to the true historical events of the time. How about this. If it bothers you, don't see it. If u are an unbalanced, mamas boy with a bad haircut... Don't see the movie and seek immediate help. Sandy Hook was a tragedy. However, movie/videogame violence have nothing to do with that tragic event. Simple solution America..... Monitor your kids, mentor them, guide them, love them, spend time with them. Take them to age appropriate entertainment, and don't let the tv raise them.
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11:58PM on 12/27/2012
As a die hard Tarantino fan and as a guy who absolutely loved Django, I was eve shocked by the level of graphic violence. I mean, a guy even gets his dick blown off in plain view. I'm not saying the film should be re-rate, but certainly the MPAA is more forgiving to violence than to sex and nudity. If a film were to be rated NC-17 for violence, Django could be certainly earn it.
As a die hard Tarantino fan and as a guy who absolutely loved Django, I was eve shocked by the level of graphic violence. I mean, a guy even gets his dick blown off in plain view. I'm not saying the film should be re-rate, but certainly the MPAA is more forgiving to violence than to sex and nudity. If a film were to be rated NC-17 for violence, Django could be certainly earn it.
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7:08PM on 12/27/2012

Yeah.

"Currently the film is rated R which means young children will be able to watch DJANGO UNCHAINED when ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT"

Dear Government: do NOT tell us what we can or cannot do. Freedom!

Dear MPAA: We as parents cannot be trusted. Will you please make sure we don't let our kids into evil movies? Also, could you do us a solid and just raise our kids? Thanks so much
"Currently the film is rated R which means young children will be able to watch DJANGO UNCHAINED when ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT"

Dear Government: do NOT tell us what we can or cannot do. Freedom!

Dear MPAA: We as parents cannot be trusted. Will you please make sure we don't let our kids into evil movies? Also, could you do us a solid and just raise our kids? Thanks so much
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7:43PM on 12/30/2012
The MPAA (which would give the movie the NC-17 rating), is NOT a government Agency. It's a group that was created by the studio system in the 30's to avoid the government doing it for them. Originally movies had to subscribe to something called the Hayes Code, which prohibited foul language, anti-patriotic messages, sexual acts, language and actions that denigrate the Church. That's why old movies have nary a curse word and they slept in separate beds.

The MPAA Ratings system sticks because
The MPAA (which would give the movie the NC-17 rating), is NOT a government Agency. It's a group that was created by the studio system in the 30's to avoid the government doing it for them. Originally movies had to subscribe to something called the Hayes Code, which prohibited foul language, anti-patriotic messages, sexual acts, language and actions that denigrate the Church. That's why old movies have nary a curse word and they slept in separate beds.

The MPAA Ratings system sticks because movie theaters agree to abide by them. If Django Unchained were to be re-rated to an NC-17, your local multiplex will drop it from the line-up like a bad habit. The big movie theater companies like AMC Theaters have a policy not to show NC-17 movies, so that will eat heavily into the $30 million it made over the weekend, probably cutting it in half or two-thirds, Tarantino movie or not.
6:40PM on 12/27/2012
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6:32PM on 12/27/2012

Fuck off

As a Catholic, please fuck off and leave this movie alone.
It has nothing to do with the tragic events.
As a Catholic, please fuck off and leave this movie alone.
It has nothing to do with the tragic events.
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6:17PM on 12/27/2012
It is not the fact they are blaming the movie that bothers me: we all know that is a baseless accusation. Accusations like this will always happen especially since religions like to blame everything else rather then ourselves. It is the fact that they are using a horrific tragedy to further push their agenda. I am deeply offended by these people and hope they realize their faults.
It is not the fact they are blaming the movie that bothers me: we all know that is a baseless accusation. Accusations like this will always happen especially since religions like to blame everything else rather then ourselves. It is the fact that they are using a horrific tragedy to further push their agenda. I am deeply offended by these people and hope they realize their faults.
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6:11PM on 12/27/2012

Dumbest thing I've ever heard..

....and I'vegot to admit the fact that they are using the Sandy Hook Tragedy in that way is more offensive to me than anything I saw in the movie. AND I took my son and two of his friends to see the movie. All fifteen yrs old. All enjoyed the hell out of it.
....and I'vegot to admit the fact that they are using the Sandy Hook Tragedy in that way is more offensive to me than anything I saw in the movie. AND I took my son and two of his friends to see the movie. All fifteen yrs old. All enjoyed the hell out of it.
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5:14PM on 12/27/2012

I knew it...

Let me first start off by saying what happen at sandy hook was very sad. But dont' be blaming a movie on this problem.
Let me first start off by saying what happen at sandy hook was very sad. But dont' be blaming a movie on this problem.
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3:38PM on 12/27/2012

dumb

they just need to get rid of the rating system completely.. its flawed and ran by a bunch of crazy Christians. Most kids now days pay for a pg movie and sneak into the rated R ones thats why r rated movies make no money.. If they really wanted to keep kids from seeing these movies start getting after the movie theaters that are letting them in.. start putting workers in at the front doors of rated r movies, make sure every person that enters is going into the right one, but it doesnt matter
they just need to get rid of the rating system completely.. its flawed and ran by a bunch of crazy Christians. Most kids now days pay for a pg movie and sneak into the rated R ones thats why r rated movies make no money.. If they really wanted to keep kids from seeing these movies start getting after the movie theaters that are letting them in.. start putting workers in at the front doors of rated r movies, make sure every person that enters is going into the right one, but it doesnt matter either way because a kid will just download it or rent it online when it gets on dvd.. there is no stopping them watching it.. get rid of the ratings system.
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3:24PM on 12/27/2012
how many parents would honestly take their kids to see a Tarantino flick? and if they do, i would imagine they are going to be at a certain age level where if violence in film and tv was to have any remote barring on anything they did...they would have already had that influence earlier in life from anything from cartoons to video games. The whole violence in tv/film/games being a cause for violence is ridiculous however. We are by nature a species with violent tendencies. You can actually make
how many parents would honestly take their kids to see a Tarantino flick? and if they do, i would imagine they are going to be at a certain age level where if violence in film and tv was to have any remote barring on anything they did...they would have already had that influence earlier in life from anything from cartoons to video games. The whole violence in tv/film/games being a cause for violence is ridiculous however. We are by nature a species with violent tendencies. You can actually make a very strong argument that the world and societies as a whole are remarkably less violent than plenty of other eras in the past.
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3:13PM on 12/27/2012

oh, please

obviously they are uncomfortable with the black on white violence depicted in the film, but they are going to cry foul on the general violence which isn't unique to this film, or anywhere near the most violent. This is like banning Huck Finn for depicting the racism inherent in southern culture at the time, but saying it's because of the use of the word "nigger" in the book.
Fortunately, these groups don't have a lot of influence in this area.
obviously they are uncomfortable with the black on white violence depicted in the film, but they are going to cry foul on the general violence which isn't unique to this film, or anywhere near the most violent. This is like banning Huck Finn for depicting the racism inherent in southern culture at the time, but saying it's because of the use of the word "nigger" in the book.
Fortunately, these groups don't have a lot of influence in this area.
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3:11PM on 12/27/2012
Coming from a Christian organization, I'm not surprised in the least. Why should it be NC-17? For it's harshness? For not shying away from the ugly nature of slavery? No, no, no, no. How about not taking young kids to see the film in the first place? Seems like a better idea. Everyone going into this movie knows what they're getting, and if they don't, they're either morons or don't pay attention.
Coming from a Christian organization, I'm not surprised in the least. Why should it be NC-17? For it's harshness? For not shying away from the ugly nature of slavery? No, no, no, no. How about not taking young kids to see the film in the first place? Seems like a better idea. Everyone going into this movie knows what they're getting, and if they don't, they're either morons or don't pay attention.
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3:15PM on 12/27/2012
Also hilarious. On their webpage, they have a petition to pull from production the Marvel comic in which Marvel's first gay character is depicted, saying that it influences children for the "gay agenda". It's laughable. The fact that such an organization can still exist in America amazes me.
Also hilarious. On their webpage, they have a petition to pull from production the Marvel comic in which Marvel's first gay character is depicted, saying that it influences children for the "gay agenda". It's laughable. The fact that such an organization can still exist in America amazes me.
3:00PM on 12/27/2012

That's the reason on paper

the real reason is because of Jamie Foxx's dick being in it and they're afraid all their white daughters are gonna get jungle fever.
the real reason is because of Jamie Foxx's dick being in it and they're afraid all their white daughters are gonna get jungle fever.
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2:45PM on 12/27/2012

bogus

i can't comprehend the comment about parents taking their kids to see this. How about a petition to stop negligent parenting? I was in a screening of The Dark Knight Rises with a 3 year old girl sitting behind me. Hardly the violence level of an R rated Tarantino film, but still harsh for young eyes. Ratings are there for a reason. Kids shouldn't be allowed in to R rated, that's why its R rated. Parents need to think, hire a stinking babysitter.
i can't comprehend the comment about parents taking their kids to see this. How about a petition to stop negligent parenting? I was in a screening of The Dark Knight Rises with a 3 year old girl sitting behind me. Hardly the violence level of an R rated Tarantino film, but still harsh for young eyes. Ratings are there for a reason. Kids shouldn't be allowed in to R rated, that's why its R rated. Parents need to think, hire a stinking babysitter.
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2:00PM on 12/27/2012

So these people want to regulate films...

but not guns. I call bullshit.
but not guns. I call bullshit.
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1:41PM on 12/27/2012

I say we do it!!

And while we're at it we can stick an NC-17 on the bible as well for graphic violence, pornographic imagery and adult situations. Then we can cancel ALL television and shelf literally almost every Oscar awarded movie for the last 5 decades too! Then we can finally buy our silver jumpsuits and become the ambiguous sterile space race we were all expecting to be by now anyway. #dis'tarded
And while we're at it we can stick an NC-17 on the bible as well for graphic violence, pornographic imagery and adult situations. Then we can cancel ALL television and shelf literally almost every Oscar awarded movie for the last 5 decades too! Then we can finally buy our silver jumpsuits and become the ambiguous sterile space race we were all expecting to be by now anyway. #dis'tarded
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1:32PM on 12/27/2012

Leave DJANGO Alone!

Honestly, this is what the MPAA do, whether do a good job or not is up to opinion, they rate the films. Not us. As much as that would be nice, it will never happen. Also, if by some chance they succeed in changing the rating to NC-17. have they considered when the film is released on bluray/dvd? How will they stop young teens from purchasing an NC-17 rated film for themselves? This is a flawed argument, and what do they expect from a Tarantino movie?
Honestly, this is what the MPAA do, whether do a good job or not is up to opinion, they rate the films. Not us. As much as that would be nice, it will never happen. Also, if by some chance they succeed in changing the rating to NC-17. have they considered when the film is released on bluray/dvd? How will they stop young teens from purchasing an NC-17 rated film for themselves? This is a flawed argument, and what do they expect from a Tarantino movie?
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1:26PM on 12/27/2012
A lot of these nutjobs use religion as the excuse for doing what they do to other people. This leads me to believe that religion in and of itself is just as responsible for the violence (if not moreso) than the violent movies themselves. But we don't slap rating labels on the Bible, or the Koran, or the Torah, all of which contain violent stories. Sorry, but you can't have it both ways. You can't selectively rate something obscene for children while leaving something else with subject matter
A lot of these nutjobs use religion as the excuse for doing what they do to other people. This leads me to believe that religion in and of itself is just as responsible for the violence (if not moreso) than the violent movies themselves. But we don't slap rating labels on the Bible, or the Koran, or the Torah, all of which contain violent stories. Sorry, but you can't have it both ways. You can't selectively rate something obscene for children while leaving something else with subject matter that is just as equally violent alone just because you're trying to push your agenda / dogma / viewpoint / 'morality' onto other people. I believe there's something about that in the Bible about people in glass houses....
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1:16PM on 12/27/2012

I think...

I may have figured out why these double posts happen...I posted my comment, then had to refresh the page (which I normally don't do), and then voila! double post...
I may have figured out why these double posts happen...I posted my comment, then had to refresh the page (which I normally don't do), and then voila! double post...
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1:15PM on 12/27/2012

Violence, huh?

Have these people READ the Bible...? The Old Testament is one of the most brutally violent books ever written. And don't get me started on "The Passion of the Christ", it is violent for the sake of violence.
I love the weird priorities in our culture: sex/nudity, which is completely natural (it's how we ALL got here) is taboo and corrupting to children but violence is OK as long as it's in the right setting. Please...leave Django Unchained alone. Simply BEING GOOD PARENTS should be enough!
Have these people READ the Bible...? The Old Testament is one of the most brutally violent books ever written. And don't get me started on "The Passion of the Christ", it is violent for the sake of violence.
I love the weird priorities in our culture: sex/nudity, which is completely natural (it's how we ALL got here) is taboo and corrupting to children but violence is OK as long as it's in the right setting. Please...leave Django Unchained alone. Simply BEING GOOD PARENTS should be enough!
That jackass in Connecticut didn't go shoot children because he was exposed to too much violent media, or because he just happened to have access to weapons...he did it because he was mentally f*$%ed.
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1:23PM on 12/27/2012
Allow me to be a little more clear: my exwife's family (hard-core conservative Christians) would not allow their younger kids to watch "Enemy at the Gates" because of the brief flash of Rachel Weisz's butt. However, they took them all (including 5 and 7 year olds) to see Passion of the Christ, and Lord of the Rings (which is obviously not in the same league as Passion, but DOES feature beheadings, arms chopped off, etc).
Double standards, if you ask me.
Allow me to be a little more clear: my exwife's family (hard-core conservative Christians) would not allow their younger kids to watch "Enemy at the Gates" because of the brief flash of Rachel Weisz's butt. However, they took them all (including 5 and 7 year olds) to see Passion of the Christ, and Lord of the Rings (which is obviously not in the same league as Passion, but DOES feature beheadings, arms chopped off, etc).
Double standards, if you ask me.
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12:43PM on 12/27/2012

As Aronofsky said...

I like what Darren Aronofsky said in the doc "Your Film is Not Yet Rated", it's the PG/PG-13 violence we should be worried about. Violence without the blood. It shows violence without consequences. The gore shows you what violence is really like, instead of a movie where you can blow a hundred people away and it's no big deal.
I like what Darren Aronofsky said in the doc "Your Film is Not Yet Rated", it's the PG/PG-13 violence we should be worried about. Violence without the blood. It shows violence without consequences. The gore shows you what violence is really like, instead of a movie where you can blow a hundred people away and it's no big deal.
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1:07PM on 12/27/2012
Well put. Amen.
Well put. Amen.
1:57PM on 12/30/2012
I never thought of it like that. Well put. I'll have to see if Netflix had this documentary.
I never thought of it like that. Well put. I'll have to see if Netflix had this documentary.
12:39PM on 12/27/2012
what a bunch of fucktards,like any kid is really gonna see this & I am tired of people tryng to blame movies, TV & video games as the reason tragedies happen. It's actually more disrespectful towards the victims & the families, so yes stories like this disturb me.
what a bunch of fucktards,like any kid is really gonna see this & I am tired of people tryng to blame movies, TV & video games as the reason tragedies happen. It's actually more disrespectful towards the victims & the families, so yes stories like this disturb me.
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12:32PM on 12/27/2012
It's happened before where a movie get re-rated well after release (ex: Midnight Cowboy), so that's not unprecedented. However this movement to change Django's rating is pointless, to say the least. Dozens of violent movies come out every year, so why is this one specifically being targeted? Studies have shown movies and video games aren't encouraging kids to go on mass shootings. The problem is twofold: 1) The easy accessibility of guns in this country, and 2) the 24-hour news media
It's happened before where a movie get re-rated well after release (ex: Midnight Cowboy), so that's not unprecedented. However this movement to change Django's rating is pointless, to say the least. Dozens of violent movies come out every year, so why is this one specifically being targeted? Studies have shown movies and video games aren't encouraging kids to go on mass shootings. The problem is twofold: 1) The easy accessibility of guns in this country, and 2) the 24-hour news media turning killers into celebrities. Think it be possible that the Christian Film and Television Commission would say anything disparaging about those subjects since they relate to the 2nd Amendment and FoxNews? Nah, it's easier to attack "lib'rul Hollywud" as the bane of society.
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12:06PM on 12/27/2012
Oh, fuck off. Don't want your 8 year-old kid seeing the movie? DON'T TAKE 'EM TO IT.
Oh, fuck off. Don't want your 8 year-old kid seeing the movie? DON'T TAKE 'EM TO IT.
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11:42AM on 12/27/2012
Yeah....The Avengers was more violent than this. Gore is not synonymous with violence.
Yeah....The Avengers was more violent than this. Gore is not synonymous with violence.
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11:17AM on 12/27/2012
Rate it whatever you want. Just don't touch or modify the damn movie.
Rate it whatever you want. Just don't touch or modify the damn movie.
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11:12AM on 12/27/2012
i think we should start rating religion as well. Nothing on this Earth is more responsible for death, racism, war, (among other crimes), than religion.
i think we should start rating religion as well. Nothing on this Earth is more responsible for death, racism, war, (among other crimes), than religion.
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11:04AM on 12/27/2012
So, r they gonna re rate every single film out there cuz this happened!? Get the fuck outta here!!!! Movies have nothing to do with these shootings! I'm so sick of films being a Scape goat for stupid ppl! Screw the mpaa. And the stupid fuckin ppl who think that changing the rating on a film is gonna make for less school, or theater, or what ever shootings! If that's the case make sure zero dark thirty gets edited up ! And an nc-17! But they will never do that, cuz it's about our country killing
So, r they gonna re rate every single film out there cuz this happened!? Get the fuck outta here!!!! Movies have nothing to do with these shootings! I'm so sick of films being a Scape goat for stupid ppl! Screw the mpaa. And the stupid fuckin ppl who think that changing the rating on a film is gonna make for less school, or theater, or what ever shootings! If that's the case make sure zero dark thirty gets edited up ! And an nc-17! But they will never do that, cuz it's about our country killing binladin! Give me a break u fucking dip shit ppl
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11:00AM on 12/27/2012
Am I the only one who didn't find Django that gory? There were some gory moments, mainly with the final shootout but compared to what people were telling me, I thought it was going to be way way worse. With that said, I saw The Collection back in November and that was WAY WAY gorier than Django. In the first 10 minutes alone, an entire room full of people are sliced apart by rotating blades, 20 or so people are crushed in a cage and you see their heads collapse and a man jumps out of a window
Am I the only one who didn't find Django that gory? There were some gory moments, mainly with the final shootout but compared to what people were telling me, I thought it was going to be way way worse. With that said, I saw The Collection back in November and that was WAY WAY gorier than Django. In the first 10 minutes alone, an entire room full of people are sliced apart by rotating blades, 20 or so people are crushed in a cage and you see their heads collapse and a man jumps out of a window and breaks his arm. Did they see THAT movie? (For the record, I liked both films.)
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10:42AM on 12/27/2012
It is a conversation worth having, but its clear a huge swath of people are only trying to distract from the real problem, which is how easy it is for any criminal, terrorist, or psycho to get his hands on things exclusively designed to kill large numbers of people.

Having said all that, I do think extreme violence should be a bigger factor in how a movie is rated than profanity or sex. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

I'm a huge fan of The Walking Dead, but how the fuck did
It is a conversation worth having, but its clear a huge swath of people are only trying to distract from the real problem, which is how easy it is for any criminal, terrorist, or psycho to get his hands on things exclusively designed to kill large numbers of people.

Having said all that, I do think extreme violence should be a bigger factor in how a movie is rated than profanity or sex. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

I'm a huge fan of The Walking Dead, but how the fuck did that show manage to snag a TV-14 rating for Season 3? Because no one says 'shit' anymore and the most nudity has been a blurry half-second glimpse of Andrea's thong?
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10:33AM on 12/27/2012
(Sighs) America.... Grow up
(Sighs) America.... Grow up
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10:25AM on 12/27/2012
i think they should give guns to anyone that comes to see this movie then they will feel safe
i think they should give guns to anyone that comes to see this movie then they will feel safe
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9:55AM on 12/27/2012
. The last 4 decades have seen a total revamp of what is acceptable in American society. People should have stepped up then and done something about it. With sex being taught in 1st grade, brutally realistic video games and movies that leave no territory untouched, its a joke to single out one movie and try and make a statement out of it. Informed parents should, at the least, know who Tarantino is and not let their young children go see this stuff. Giving an NC-17 only kills the business
. The last 4 decades have seen a total revamp of what is acceptable in American society. People should have stepped up then and done something about it. With sex being taught in 1st grade, brutally realistic video games and movies that leave no territory untouched, its a joke to single out one movie and try and make a statement out of it. Informed parents should, at the least, know who Tarantino is and not let their young children go see this stuff. Giving an NC-17 only kills the business side of the movie it does nothing to keep people from watching it once it comes out on dvd.
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9:40AM on 12/27/2012
There is so much worse out there. And I don't think slapping the NC-17 will merely change anything. Especially since the film is already out.
There is so much worse out there. And I don't think slapping the NC-17 will merely change anything. Especially since the film is already out.
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9:33AM on 12/27/2012
There's a film coming out pretty soon about a maniac who runs around with a chainsaw hacking up innocent teenagers to a bloody pulp and it's in 3D to make it look more realistic. Why not make THAT NC-17? Where would the line be drawn for future films?
There's a film coming out pretty soon about a maniac who runs around with a chainsaw hacking up innocent teenagers to a bloody pulp and it's in 3D to make it look more realistic. Why not make THAT NC-17? Where would the line be drawn for future films?
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9:31AM on 12/27/2012
How about fuck that shit? If someone doesn't want to see violence, why would they go to ANY Quentin Tarantino film? Unless he announces that he's going to make a PG-13 film, you can expect ENDLESS gratuity at work. It comes with the art - period. Give this film NO extra warning - it is what it is, and that's all there is to it.
How about fuck that shit? If someone doesn't want to see violence, why would they go to ANY Quentin Tarantino film? Unless he announces that he's going to make a PG-13 film, you can expect ENDLESS gratuity at work. It comes with the art - period. Give this film NO extra warning - it is what it is, and that's all there is to it.
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9:30AM on 12/27/2012

A Non-issue Where I Live

Django Unchained is PG-13 in British Columbia. The violence is somewhat over the top and the blood spatter is typical Tarantino - huge sprays of red that don't occur in reality. Kids see worse in video games and have graphic descriptions of violence on the evening news. It's not going to scar any teenager unless they've been living under a rock until now.
Django Unchained is PG-13 in British Columbia. The violence is somewhat over the top and the blood spatter is typical Tarantino - huge sprays of red that don't occur in reality. Kids see worse in video games and have graphic descriptions of violence on the evening news. It's not going to scar any teenager unless they've been living under a rock until now.
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9:29AM on 12/27/2012
How about giving it the NC-17 rating but removing the stigma from that rating. I know it wont stop me or any of you here from seeing it, and that applies to all R-rated movies that have extreme violence or nudity. We're adults and if we want to go see something we just go. Just make the NC-17 the new R-rated, theaters will be forced to carry those movies, kids wont be able to go, and all will be good. I am positive that the percentage of Django Unchained's gate that come from underage people is
How about giving it the NC-17 rating but removing the stigma from that rating. I know it wont stop me or any of you here from seeing it, and that applies to all R-rated movies that have extreme violence or nudity. We're adults and if we want to go see something we just go. Just make the NC-17 the new R-rated, theaters will be forced to carry those movies, kids wont be able to go, and all will be good. I am positive that the percentage of Django Unchained's gate that come from underage people is insignificant, and that all applies to all very adult movies.
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9:15AM on 12/27/2012
It comes back to the same old saying: "If you don't like it, don't go see it."

So this group should shut the hell up and let adults watch what they want to watch. It's religious groups again deciding that just because they find it offensive and violent that they have the right to decide for others on how to view or not view it. Fuck off!
It comes back to the same old saying: "If you don't like it, don't go see it."

So this group should shut the hell up and let adults watch what they want to watch. It's religious groups again deciding that just because they find it offensive and violent that they have the right to decide for others on how to view or not view it. Fuck off!
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9:09AM on 12/27/2012

Really!?

They had no problem letting kids see the horrific acts in The Passion of the Christ. In fact, they encouraged it.
They had no problem letting kids see the horrific acts in The Passion of the Christ. In fact, they encouraged it.
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2:22PM on 12/27/2012
I wish I could double "thumbs up" this one.
I wish I could double "thumbs up" this one.
8:26AM on 12/27/2012

No.....there is no need

No one in their right minds would take their children to a QT film.... His movies are for adults not kids....
No one in their right minds would take their children to a QT film.... His movies are for adults not kids....
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8:31AM on 12/27/2012
Your post reminds me of a news in UK a couple of months ago. It's about theatre showing gone bad. Parents took their children to a particular cinema understanding that this cinema will show a kid-friendly movie. I can't remember what movie it was. However, that cinema showed a wrong movie. It showed Paranormal Activities 4. I think the whole theatre walked out with kids crying. It's terrifying but at the same time very funny, hehe.
Your post reminds me of a news in UK a couple of months ago. It's about theatre showing gone bad. Parents took their children to a particular cinema understanding that this cinema will show a kid-friendly movie. I can't remember what movie it was. However, that cinema showed a wrong movie. It showed Paranormal Activities 4. I think the whole theatre walked out with kids crying. It's terrifying but at the same time very funny, hehe.
8:26AM on 12/27/2012

Really?

how is changing this rating going to stop people with mental illness from committing horrible acts. movies don't kill people. guns don't kill people. (sick) people kill people. no, the rating of this film should not be changed, but maybe the rating system should. an NC-17 rating is a death sentence for a film, meaning that most cinemas will not even carry the film. so do away with the NC-17 rating and just don't let kids into R rated films anymore. if they are under 13, no PG-13 films either.
how is changing this rating going to stop people with mental illness from committing horrible acts. movies don't kill people. guns don't kill people. (sick) people kill people. no, the rating of this film should not be changed, but maybe the rating system should. an NC-17 rating is a death sentence for a film, meaning that most cinemas will not even carry the film. so do away with the NC-17 rating and just don't let kids into R rated films anymore. if they are under 13, no PG-13 films either. and you know what? tough shit. bars will not serve them alcohol and stores won't sell them cigarettes. they are not allowed to have licences before a certain age either. there are age restrictions for a reason sometimes, will it stop the next school shooting? no... but hey, priorities, right?
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8:00AM on 12/27/2012

Movies don't kill people guns do.

For some reason though a large part of America feels that not only do they need to arm themselves (why?) but they need guns that soilders would be lucky to get to fire.
For some reason though a large part of America feels that not only do they need to arm themselves (why?) but they need guns that soilders would be lucky to get to fire.
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8:47AM on 12/27/2012
The general American public does not have access to automatic rifles. Can they arm themselves with semi-autos? Yes. I have several, all used for hunting. Someone may be able to rig a semi-auto so that it fires like an automatic, but normal citizens can't legally obtain what the military uses.
The general American public does not have access to automatic rifles. Can they arm themselves with semi-autos? Yes. I have several, all used for hunting. Someone may be able to rig a semi-auto so that it fires like an automatic, but normal citizens can't legally obtain what the military uses.
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