• MPAA Knuckles Under On Draft Day Rating

    by  • January 10, 2014 • Misrated, Profanity, Ratings Reform • 1 Comment

    NC-17 RatingDays after Motion Picture Association of America head Joan Graves stated that “parents don’t want even one F-word in PG-13″ rated movies, her organization has changed the R rating on a profanity-riddled film…to PG-13.  

    The Los Angeles Times reports that the new football-themed film Draft Day was originally rated R by the MPAA for “brief strong language.” Yet rather than requiring the filmmakers to either accept the rating or cut out some of the foul language, the MPAA happily rolled over for the filmmakers just because they asked for a lower rating – one which will expose millions of children to the f-bomb and other graphic profanity.

    This yet another example of how the MPAA refuses to put its own house in order – and why the PTC has called for a complete overhaul of the TV and movie ratings systems. Only when media ratings are accurate, consistent, transparent, and accountable to the public will they be of any value. Yet the MPAA continues to bow and scrape before the industry it allegedly monitors.   

    “Although successful rating appeals are historically somewhat rare, Draft Day marks the second such victory in the last few months. In October, the Weinstein Co. got Philomena downgraded from an R to PG-13,” notes the Times. Indeed, at the rate the MPAA is knuckling under to filmmakers these days, one wonders whether soon there will be any films rated R at all.



    The PTC’s Senior Writer/Editor since 2007, Christopher Gildemeister is responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to its members and the wider public through a wide variety of vehicles: a monthly newsletter, the PTC Insider; a weekly e-mail newsletter, the Weekly Wrap; the PTC’s blog; and the weekly columns Best TV Show of the Week, Worst TV Show of the Week, Worst Cable TV Show of the Week, and Misrated TV Show. He has also written the TV Trends and Culture Watch columns; Faith in a Box, a study of the portrayal of religion on television 2005-2006; and Habitat for Profanity, a study of the increase of foul language on TV from 2005 to 2010. From 2005 to 2007, he was an entertainment analyst, responsible for documenting sex, violence, and profanity on the former UPN network; ABC; and cable television, including the FX, MTV, ABC Family, Comedy Central and Spike networks. Dr. Gildemeister recently completed his Ph.D. dissertation in American history at The Catholic University of America.

    One Response to MPAA Knuckles Under On Draft Day Rating

    1. Carolyn Bennett
      January 17, 2014 at 7:30 am

      F words are totally UNNECESSARY! ! Please, let’s do something to get them eliminated. 506 Fwords in a recent movie is absolutely intolerable! The Oscar nominees are practically all rated R. Why can’t they make 2 movies–an R rated one for the heathens and a PG-13 for everyone else. They could show them like 3D movies do. Then see which one got the most business.

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