Monday, September 29, 2014

WTF Happened to PG-13

Ok, so this video about the recent shift in the MPAA rating system is kinda long but it's still worth it. At least watch the first like 5 minutes before bailing on it. The gist is that what used to be PG is now PG-13 and what used to be PG-13 is now R and movie studios are afraid of R ratings.

It's kind of amazing, when you look at almost every other form of entertainment from video games to TV Shows to music to books, puritanical standards seem to be relaxing but in movies it's just the opposite. Sure a rated R movie today might have more gore, more swearing and more gross out humor than in the past but holy cow PG and PG-13 movies have been cut off at the knees. One of my favorite movies growing up was Splash (who the F knows why) it was rated PG and there's a scene where Daryl Hannah is clearly topless. Compare this to Terminator Salvation (which is mentioned heavily in the video) where a topless scene with Moon Bloodgood is REMOVED so the movie can get a PG-13 rating.

1984 boobs are ok in a movie rated PG
2009 boobs are not ok in a movie rated PG-13

How did we get there?

Currently this is all very relevant to my nerdy interests. The long awaited Deadpool movie was greenlit from Fox on one condition, it has to be PG-13. My guess is that's not the cool old PG-13 of Anaconda but this terrible new PG-13 rating of Anacondas. BOOOOOOOOO!




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