I don't know why, but for some reason I watched Requiem For A Dream. Don't worry, I'm not going to review that. But it made me think about how stupid and ridiculous the MPAA ratings board is.
I think this movie should have been rated PG. I'm serious. Think about it. Despite it's theme, it doesn't actually show any drug use, any violence, and I think there's like one swear word.
The scene that got it an NC17 rating, which was cut out for the R rated version, is less than 3 seconds of suggested sexuality. Out of the four shots that were cut, each one less than a second long, one just shows a condom, and one shows a close up of the side of a butt cheek. The most explicit scene is two butts together, and a one second shot of two topless women not together.
Yeah, the idea of the scene can't be shown, but it wasn't shown in either version. And the idea is exactly the same in both versions, you just have to slightly use your imagination less in the NC17 cut. So if the idea itself isn't bad enough for the NC17 rating, why is three seconds of non explicit material suggesting that idea worth the rating?
And in the R rated version you have a much longer scene showing Marlon Waynes' butt. They didn't have a problem with that. In fact, there is a Netflix comedy entirely about Marlon Waynes' butt, that's how inoffensive it is. So yeah, PG rated.
A three or four second shot of blood dripping out of a guys head will get you an NC17 rating. A 1 or 2 second shot is an R rating. A guy getting shot in the head with no blood is PG13. And the idea of a guy getting shot in the head, but not showing it is just fine for a kids movie.
It's the duration of fake blood that is the problem, not the act of murder. This is actually what the MPAA thinks morality is. Movie depiction of reality is actually considered offensive.
That's why you can have sexual assault in a PG rated movie, but showing actual footage of a married couple making love, something that everyone in the world believes to be a morally good thing, can't be shown in a movie theater, even to adults.
How does that make any sense?
Here's a movie that features various misdemeanor crimes, property destruction, stalking, sexual harassment, lewd and public indecency, attempted sexual assault, aggravated assault, attempted murder, suggested incest, animal endangerment, drug use by teens, racism, murder, terrorism, and worst of all intellectual property/ copyright violation!!!
This was surely banned nation wide, right? Nope, it was rated PG. Can you guess the film?
I'll give you a hint, it was the most famous movie featuring Huey Lewis and The News that didn't have a guy getting chopped up with an axe.
Spread out all around us is a petrified world, a world of Things, where we ourselves, our gestures, and even our feelings figure in as Things. Nothing can belong to us as truly our own in such a landscape of death. Under commodity occupation the most concrete truth about everything is the truth of it's infinite replaceablity.