MPAA Keeps ‘Rogue One’ Teen-Friendly With a PG-13 Rating

by Emma Stefansky November 18, 2016 @ 4:48 PM
Don’t worry #teens, you’ll all be able to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story when it hits theaters next month, as the MPAA has officially decided all those explosions and laser gun battles aren’t too scary for the youths. Rogue One got its PG-13 rating today, for “extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action,” which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, since The Force Awakens was rated the same for similar reasons.

U.S. Court Dismisses MPAA Case Requiring Movies With Smoking to Be R-Rated

by Matthew Monagle November 13, 2016 @ 2:51 PM
As times change, standards change, and we occasionally find ourselves bumping up against old traditions that need to retire. Even some of our most beloved childhood movies feature behavior and activities — smoking, strong language, casual misogyny — that went unnoticed and unappreciated by our older selves. Given the well-established health risks that smoking poses, one person recently took it upon himself to sue Hollywood in an attempt to get onscreen smoking banned. I’ll give a moment to guess who won.

Why Mike Birbiglia Is Right About the MPAA’s Hypocritical Ratings System

by Britt Hayes August 4, 2016 @ 2:41 PM
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When you go to the theater this weekend, you’ll have a few movies to choose from, including Suicide Squad and Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice. If you didn’t know the rating for either of these films, and we were to tell you that only one of them is rated R, which one would you guess? The gritty and violent comic book movie featuring characters with names like Deadshot, Killer Croc and Katana, or the humorous dramedy featuring a cast of funny people in the world of improv?

Survey Reveals Parents Still Freaked Out by Sex in Movies, Relatively Cool With Murder

by Charles Bramesco December 4, 2015 @ 10:00 AM
But a new survey conducted by the Classification and Rating Administration confirms that while parents chew their fingernails over the scandalizing unnaturalness of the human body and the sexual act — a thing the vast majority of people do at least once during their lifetime — they’re still pretty much cool with depictions of violence.

The Most Hilariously Weird Film Rating Descriptions From the MPAA

by Britt Hayes January 7, 2015 @ 9:35 PM
We just found out that ‘50 Shades of Grey’ has officially been given an R-rating from the MPAA for “strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.” Naturally, this leads to recalling some of the stranger and more amusing MPAA rating explanations over the years, which have ranged from absurdly funny to prudish and a little bizarre. Here, for your browsing pleasure: a list of some of the most hilarious and weird rating descriptions from the MPAA.

AMC Will Allow Minors to See 'Bully' With Parental Permission

by Britt Hayes March 28, 2012 @ 2:42 PM
Weinstein Co.
It's been a long battle for The Weinstein Co. and their new documentary, 'Bully,' a film that explores the effects of teen bullying. The MPAA slapped the film with an R rating, and the Weinsteins responded by choosing to release the film as unrated. But now kids will be able to see the crucial doc, courtesy of AMC Theaters. Find out how:

'Bully' Triggers Trend As More Filmmakers Appeal MPAA Ratings

by Sean O'Connell March 23, 2012 @ 12:00 PM
Harvey Weinstein grabbed headlines earlier this year when he appealed the MPAA’s decision to tag the ripped-from-the-headlines documentary ‘Bully’ with an R rating. Ever the masterful marketer, Weinstein used the appeal to generate press for his movie. But there’s a much larger story brewing behind that flashy, attention-demanding move.