Guest Blogger: Winston Mackey
Winston Mackey is a junior at the University of Central Missouri studying Digital Media Production with a minor in Communication Studies. He is emphasizing in Audio and Live Studio & Remote Production. He loves music has a large library of over 3,000 songs and that collection is still growing. After school he would like to do something with audio because he loves to mess with audio of all kinds.
What exactly are the Movie Ratings
Let’s see the last time I came out of the movies they had a ratings poster that showed all of them. (Pictured Above) They had: G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17, and The PG means parental guidance. NC-17 is highest rated. Yeah R is not the highest. NC-17 you cannot let people in under 17 no matter what! It’s basically what X-rated used to be. Anything can happen and I mean anything. Honestly having NC-17 would’ve been useful for Deadpool (2016) because then parents who thought they could bring their kids (for some dumb reason) could not no matter what.
Now for why they suck and need to change the system (totally my opinion)
These ratings are put in place by the Motion Picture Association of America. On their website it says these ratings are a voluntary system! I honestly had no idea until I just looked it up! So you are telling me we are blindly following ratings that aren’t that well established when we absolutely don’t have to! That’s a load of crap! I am not saying we don’t need ratings we need some just not what we have now. The way it is now things can happen in PG-13 that are a little bit more graphic than R which that is ridiculous! NC-17 films aren’t really a thing because movie theater owners think of them as X rated which is synonymous to pornography. That is not what NC-17 is but that is still the thought process today so everyone just sticks to R as the “highest” rated then release the uncut or unrated version in their DVD. I mean if you can bring your kid to an R does the R really mean “restricted” anymore? In PG-13 you can say any cuss word you want except the big ones really. You can say the F-bomb exactly 1 time so if you’re going to say it.. I guess it should be impactful in some way? This is ridiculous here is what I propose we do about this messed up system.
Here is what I’d do if I were the head of MPAA
My rating system would be as follows:
G for General Audiences (you’re thinking we already have that what’s new). This rating would classify for everything PG too because seriously face it censorship and violence are being less and less watched over at younger and younger ages. I’ve seen 8 year olds say the F-bomb to their mother and they just laugh and videotape it. I’m not saying that’s a good thing at all! I am just saying we are desensitized to language and violence and do we really need a PG for that separation? For my G it would truly be general meaning generally everyone can be there. Honestly we can put movies like Captain America and Iron-Man in here. They were made for family even with the so called “violence”. There may even be a kiss here and there but really that’s not bad at all. Kids see that at home mostly if one of the parents leaves the other kisses them goodbye.
Something in the middle (don’t know what to call it) for ages 13 and above. There can be sexual situations in these movies but they never really go to the bedroom if you know what I mean. They can say anything they want F-bomb and all, an unlimited amount of times. No kids under 13 are allowed in. Movies that would go here could have drugs and stuff also. I can’t think of a good example to put here that doesn’t get that sexual but I’m sure there is one.
Then we have R which would truly be restricted for only 18 and up. That can have anything and everything in the movie. What is not going to happen is having a pornographic film in the theater let’s just keep that online. So anything but that it’s got to be a real movie with a narrative involved.
So there’s my rating system and really if you think you know better than me you can buy the DVD after the fact and watch it whenever you want in your own house. Hope you learned something, maybe you did, maybe you didn’t. If you didn’t then that proves you know more than me haha. But anyway goodbye and have a wonderful day reader!