• Demons, Sex, Drugs – and No NC-17

    by  • June 10, 2013 • Misrated, Sex, Violence • 7 Comments

    Filmmakers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg deliberately larded their upcoming film This Is The End with unbelievably graphic content, in expectation of getting an NC-17 rating. Yet even the directors were flabbergasted when their movie was given an R – more proof of how worthless the current movie ratings system is.

    According to the Los Angeles TimesThis Is The End contains multiple sex scenes, including one between a demon sporting an enormous erection and a human being. “As long as it’s a demon, you can have an erection?” said Goldberg in astonishment. Rogen stated that he just assumed the MPAA would tell them to cut out scenes of the demon’s genitals — but no one at the MPAA said a word. Instead, the film was given an R rating for “crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence.”

    Like many other Hollywood insiders, Rogen and Goldberg are experts at manipulating the Motion Picture Association of America’s film rating board; but this time, no manipulation was needed. The two filmmakers confessed that their plan was to cram in excessive amounts of explicit content — and then, when the MPAA rated the film NC-17, to snip out a tiny bit of the content, thus obtaining a lower rating of R. But the MPAA decided the entire film was fine as is. This is a long-standing game the MPAA has played…and the result has been  ever-more graphic content receiving ever-lower ratings, with families and children the victims.

    Notably, the story — carried in the Times’ print edition under the title, “What happened to that NC-17?” – has been re-titled on the Times’ website, no doubt in an effort by the LAT to spare the MPAA embarrassment. But it is past time the media stop covering for the utterly ineffective movie ratings system, and start demanding wholesale reform.  In response to the news that his movie received an R, even Goldberg himself said, “The whole ratings system in America doesn’t make any sense. They let you get away with sex and with violence…but this is ludicrous.” What does it say about the MPAA, when even a film INTENDED to be rated NC-17 isn’t?



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    7 Responses to Demons, Sex, Drugs – and No NC-17

    1. brandon johantges
      July 29, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      I went to the Catholic News site and they gave Glee: Concert Movie an O because it talked about the acceptance of homosexuals which they found morally wrong. Not the people I would go to for reviews

      I just want some kind of answer why anyone would go to that site with reviews such as that above. Someone explain why the catholic news site is reliable with a review like that

    2. brandon johantges
      June 20, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      i’m talking about

    3. Laura Gutteridge
      June 15, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Ditto William. I use that site and also go to http://www.kids-in-mind.com which gets even more detailed about what is in a film so that you can make the determination if your child or even you as an adult want to support the movie.

    4. William Warfield
      June 12, 2013 at 12:13 am

      My mistake. The correct web address for the Catholic News Service is http://www.catholicnews.org.

    5. William Warfield
      June 12, 2013 at 12:11 am

      Hence why, since June 1980 (when I was 18), I have subscribed to the Catholic News Service (formerly the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)’s movie rating system. The CNS’ rating system *is* transparent *and* truthful, and best of all, they do *not* have an appeals board like the MPAA has (i.e. once the CNS makes a ratings decision it *cannot* be changed).

      I have no doubt the CNS will classify the piece of garbage described above O – morally offensive (under the pre-January 1982 system, the USCCB would have classified a piece of junk like “This is the End” C – condemned).

      Check them out: http://www.catholicnewsservice.org (when the home page opens, click on “movie reviews”). Explanations of the CNS’ classification symbols are given in the movie reviews section.

    6. anessa Johnson
      June 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      I think Hollywood won’t be happy until people are out in the streets having sex. No matter what it does to little children and their morals and values. No telling what goes on in these low lifes homes even in front of their children. They wont stop until they have corrupted everything that is good in this world. It makes me sick.

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