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Old 05-05-2015, 03:41 AM   #1
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Was wondering what the different descriptions for movies meant.
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Was wondering what the different descriptions for movies meant.
Probably has to do with the content of each film.
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Was wondering what the different descriptions for movies meant.
http://www.mpaa.org/
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Old 05-05-2015, 04:17 AM   #5
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I meant more the reason for the ratings for certain r rated movies. Brutal violence. Strong violence. Graphic nudity. Regular nudity. Sexual content. And so on.
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I meant more the reason for the ratings for certain r rated movies. Brutal violence. Strong violence. Graphic nudity. Regular nudity. Sexual content. And so on.
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It's totally arbitrary, really. Sometimes there is really over-the-top ratings language; Hostel is rated R for "Strong bloody sadistic violence and torture"
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I meant more the reason for the ratings
That's exactly what they are. You answered your own question.
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Trainspotting is one of my personal favorites, "Graphic heroin use and resulting depravity..."
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Movies are rated for various reason which aren't always consistent. The descriptions you read about the rating may provide a brief explanation for what to expect, but it's not necessarily a justification for that rating.

I think the descriptions are self-explanatory; if you need to know more about how far the sex/violence/profanity goes, you're either going to have to research the movie online (there are websites that explain every single instance of objectionable material) or suck it up and watch the thing.

It's not like a movie's going to have a banner that says "rated R for a guy getting stabbed in the eye, 10 people getting shot, 100 F-words, and 10 seconds of topless ladies" or anything. They got to keep it generic to fit a wide range of movies, and they all vary in content and extremity.
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I meant more the reason for the ratings for certain r rated movies. Brutal violence. Strong violence. Graphic nudity. Regular nudity. Sexual content. And so on.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the ratings.

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It's not like a movie's going to have a banner that says "rated R for a guy getting stabbed in the eye, 10 people getting shot, 100 F-words, and 10 seconds of topless ladies" or anything. They got to keep it generic to fit a wide range of movies, and they all vary in content and extremity.
That's what this guy was for:



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I meant more the reason for the ratings for certain r rated movies. Brutal violence. Strong violence. Graphic nudity. Regular nudity. Sexual content. And so on.
Are you asking for us to define brutal violence, graphic nudity, etc.? (i.e., what makes the violence in this movie graphic and that movie strong? when does nudity cross the line into being graphic?) If so, I'd say that often it's completely arbitrary and silly. I mean, the description they gave for the NC-17 (uncut) version of John Waters' A Dirty Shame reads "Rated NC-17 for pervasive sexual content," while the edited R-rated version reads "Rated R for pervasive strong crude sexual content, including fetishes." Now which sounds more extreme? The MPAA's verbiage is nothing but silliness.
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My favourites are things like "sci fi violence" and "fantasy violence" :P
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Yea I guess I was asking more what is the difference in the violence. For example look up a history of violence. Shoot em up and American history x. All 3 are hardcore violent descriptions but even watching the movies not sure the differences.pervasive strong bloody violence is listed on one of them. Strong brutal violence is on another and American history x is graphic brutal violence. and each of these has other strong meaning. Rape. Pervasive language. Graphic nudity. I think for the graphic is when they show penis or vagina. I was watching inherent vice which has that and a girl was fully named in it.
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Yea I guess I was asking more what is the difference in the violence. For example look up a history of violence. Shoot em up and American history x. All 3 are hardcore violent descriptions but even watching the movies not sure the differences.pervasive strong bloody violence is listed on one of them. Strong brutal violence is on another and American history x is graphic brutal violence. and each of these has other strong meaning. Rape. Pervasive language. Graphic nudity. I think for the graphic is when they show penis or vagina. I was watching inherent vice which has that and a girl was fully named in it.
It's subjective and simply comes down to what the raters on the ratings board think at the time of the rating.
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Old 05-05-2015, 05:04 AM   #17
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One funny one I remember is the mpaa for twister.rated pg13 for intense descriptions of very bad weather.lol
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"Slime" (AvP) and "some menace" (TDK) were two descriptions that have made me lol.

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G - General Audiences
PG - Parental Guidance Suggested
PG-13 - Children Under 13 Strongly Cautioned
R - Children Under 17 Must Be Accompanied By An Adult
NC - 17 - Must Be 17 Years Of Age
Maybe we should go back to using the Motion Picture Production Code. The code, commonly referred to as the Hays Code or the Breen Code (for its enforces Will H. Hays and Joseph Breen).

Life was so much simpler when studios weren't allowed to do whatever they wanted, and had to follow strict requirements.

This whole rating system just muddied everything up. Now we have to worry that our kids will sneak into R rated movies when we aren't looking. Oh the horrors of such things!

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My favourites are things like "sci fi violence" and "fantasy violence" :P
My all time favorite was something along the lines lines "Traditional Godzilla Violence"
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