NYC theater overrules MPAA rating for Snowden documentary




Kudos to them, brave enough to stand up for what is right.


What does it take to warrant an R? A great deal of gratuitous and graphic violence, or perhaps a nipple?


Two fucks:


I don’t understand how the comics industry is so far ahead of these movie studio clowns. Comics worked under that fucking CCA for a few decades and then dumped it in the bin where it belongs.

Movies are copying so much from comics; how about copying that attitude?


The movie mentioned (This Film Not Yet Rated) makes a pretty good case that the major studios use the MPAA as a method of preventing independent studios from receiving wider distribution for their films. If true, the movie industry isn’t likely to get rid of the stooge that does its bidding now is it?


It is wonder the MPAA did not rate the film XXX.


The children have to be high?


Here’s the thing: MPAA ratings are recommendations, not laws. It’s completely legal for a person of any age to see a movie regardless of its rating.


Previously, the IFC center “overruled” the MPAA rating for Blue is the Warmest Color


Here is the catch: MPAA recommendations are the reason this movie will not be playing in your local multiplex.


The irony here is that the final sentence of the notice seems to suggest you should vote against the incumbent party (i.e. vote Republican).

And, of course, we all know how great their track record is…


I certainly didn’t read it that way. I think it suggests you vote for candidates who will stand for transparency and accountability, if any are ever nominated.


It can be difficult to find a theater that will sell a ticket to a younger person, though. For that matter, some stores enforce the ratings when selling DVDs.

I’ve actually been carded at different stores for buying bargain-bin DVDs of old films like The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, and See No Evil, Hear No Evil (hey, bargain bin, what can I say). Cashiers have actually been more diligent about it than they are when I buy alcohol.


Do the MPAA ratings have any legal force? In the UK, a cinema could lose its license if it let people in to see films they were too young to see according to the BBFC rating. Or, in fact, anything else the local council disapproves of- The Life of Brian was banned in Aberystwyth, Wales, until a few years ago due largely to a councillor who had never seen the whole thing!


It’s voluntary-- depends on the retailer/exhibitor. Most of the playback devices can be set to lock out media that’s earned scorn from the ratings board. Don’t know how high the uptake is.Maybe it’s higher in devices that offer one-click purchases.

I seem to recall that fewer venues cared in years past.


With the cost of little portable projectors going down, wouldn’t this warrant the Pirate Cinema treatment?

Not only that. The children have to be this high.


Now I know why I don’t give two fucks about the MPAA anymore :wink:


That’s a big if, but just in case,we’ll be monitoring the situation.


I think at this point, if you’re buying DVDs, that’s already proof you’re old enough to watch anything that’s on those DVDs.

(Okay, maybe not there yet, but… soon!)