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I always see movies that are "teen" movies but are rated R. I don't get it if they are for teens why is it rated R? As an example my friends and I a while ago wanted to see "Almost Famous" at the movie theatre but we weren't able to get in because we were too young for R rated (15 yrs old). Later when it came out on video we decided to rent it for a sleepover party and we had no trouble getting it there. Makes absolutely no sense what so ever to me. It says on the box for "Almost Famous" that it's good for all ages (something like that lol).
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There are certain little things that seem enough to get a movie an R rating. I know that Imagine (John Lennon and Yoko Ono, frontal nudity, for about two seconds), and the Rocky Horror Picture Show (brief shot of female nipples) are both rated R, though they are both older films, and I'm pretty sure Grease isn't, though it's got a good amount of sexual innuendo and cuss words. Go figure.
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I totally agree with what you are saying. They always make a movie for the teenage crowd (ie Dude Where's My Car? Freddy Got Fingerd and the very contorverial (sp?) American Pie)but then rate them 'R' or I should say they put so much emphisis on the sex that the critics, or who ever rates them, must make the movie rated 'R'. It's like the makers of the movies are trying to get the kids to sneak in.
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i understand that the rating system is trying to "protect" younger kids from seeing "mature" content, but I think it's up to parental responsibility whether or not a teen can see a movie. It irritates me, being 16 years old and not being allowed to go see R rated movies that i'm interested in, and that my parents KNOW i'm going to see. I'm not allowed to go anywhere without my parents knowing and giving permission, so that's not an issue. There are sooo many R rated movies targeted to the teenage age group and then the rating system throws it in their face by not allowing them to get it.

And about sneaking in, these R rated movies must be losing money, from the amount of kids buying tickets to a lower rated movie and then sneaking in to see it. I just don't think the raters understand this.


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the major studios have been getting some serious criticism for making films that contain material and themes that are only suitable for mature audiences and then targeting them to teenagers. the studios have agreed to stop target advertising MPAA rated "R" movies to teens, but it's not much of an agreement, it's more of a loophole -- they're snipping and cutting little bits out so they can get a "PG-13" rating.

what are the rating systems outside of the States?

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I know this story all too well. Freddy Got Fingered almost got slapped with a freaking NC-17 rating, I heard. How would that feel to the target audience?

I never really see things enforced at the theatres these days. When I went to see "Hannibal" (the night it opened...obsessed much?), I walked into the theatre by myself. I'm a highschooler, and I strutted up to the ticketbooth, said, "Two for Hannibal please", and didn't even get a funny look. And if you've seen it, you know that movie is about as gory as they get. ("ow! my brain!") It fails to surprise me when I'm let into R rated movies without any trouble.

It seems, the more rigid the MPAA standards get, the less the theatres enforce the rules. But maybe that's just my experience...

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I was actually shocked beyond belief to discover that Billy Elliot -- a charming, wonderful movie about an 11-year-old boy who wants to become a dancer -- had an R-rating, because being accurately set in workingclass England, the f-word was used frequently.

I kid you not. It was ludicrous.

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In Canada, the most common rating for movies is 14A, meaning you have to be 14 or over to see it. So, as it happens, a very large amount of "R" movies in the US are 14a here. A really good trade off if you ask me. Only the really gory/voilent/pornographic kind of movies will get an 18a rating. I think there's something like 18AA or the equivelant of NC 17 here, except I can't remember what it's called. Other than 14a, there's just a general rating, I can't remember what it's called. =(
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In Singapore, we have two rating systems. PG and R(A). R(A) which stands for Restricted Artistic means that only people 21 and above can get in. PG basically means everybody can get in but expect major cuts for alot of the shows which were rated R in the States.

We have also had 2 NC-16 ratings so far. One for Saving Private Ryan and one for Hannibal. This was because the censorship board deemed that it was too gory for children under 16 but the distributors probably wanted it to be under a PG rating so more people can watch it.

The system really sucks, I'm telling you. I am missing out on too many good movies and watching great movies which have been sliced to bits isn't fun. Of course, alot of films couldn't actually make it to our shores because the film distributors refused to let the film be censored.

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