• Feeling Fatigued by R-Rated Movies? You’re Not Alone.

    by  • March 11, 2015 • Broadcast Decency, Movies, Sex, Violence • 19 Comments


    With the news that a number of R-rated movies bombed at the box office last weekend, there is speculation that audiences are growing weary by the number of more adult movies currently showing in theaters.

    Variety reports: “There’s been a glut of R-rated movies starting from the first of the year,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s worldwide distribution chief. “I think there’s some R-rated fatigue.”

    Perhaps, dear reader, you feel the same. After all, you’re probably not going to take your tween to see Fifty Shades of Grey.

    Now, contrast that with new evidence that PG-rated movies do better at the box office.

    The Wrap reports: Movies with PG-13 ratings like “The Hunger Games Mockingjay” and “Guardians of the Galaxy were by far the biggest moneymakers for Hollywood last year, but films with PG ratings such as “Maleficent” and “The LEGO Movie” on average delivered more bang for the buck.

    Once again, this shows the power that family audiences have. Families want movies that the entire family can enjoy together without being barraged by sex, violence, or foul language.

    We anticipate that the new adaptation of Cinderella, opening in theaters this weekend and which is rated PG, will give families a welcome respite from R-rated films.

    Hollywood, take note.



    19 Responses to Feeling Fatigued by R-Rated Movies? You’re Not Alone.

    1. Jeremiah.axiom
      August 5, 2018 at 8:43 am

      I hate all the violence, blood lust and perversions in a lot of modern movies. I know that there needs to be conflict to move the plot forward and sometimes the conflict takes on a violent form but does it always have to be so graphic. Why do people want to be entertained by the gruesome aspects of life, that has to desensitize individuals watching them. The movies and now video games are a big problem for society, at least that’s the way I feel. I’d much rather a well written story where yo don’t need all that other stuff and I don’t mind some violence just keep it PG-13.

    2. sabretooth
      May 11, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      used to not affect me directly me….til it entered the the superhero genre-though it still didn’t really bother me all that much….til logan. now, we have deadpool 2 coming out and talk of it leading to other movies and become part of the mcu-which (if it is like the first one) will just cause issues. i wasn’t all that bothered with deadpool because it was its own thing in its own universe-but now, it’s gonna branch out into the main mcu-now, i have a reason to be bothered. i believe pg-13 is where superheros should be. superheroes have always been geared to children-but adults also enjoyed them-pg-13 allowed everyone to meet in the middle and kept things balanced.

    3. John
      August 16, 2017 at 9:27 am

      There is way too many R rated movies that could have had a more family friendly rating and hence watched by a wider audience. I simply don’t watch rated R movies due to my value system. I believe that there are a lot more people who are the same, but it is evident that the movie industry must not miss any revenue lost due to this lopsided belief that R rated movies are what the majority wants. If that is the case, then we are in trouble.

    4. Chris
      March 9, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      I would just like to have quality movies. You don’t have to be a R rated movie to be good. Or just add stuff to a bad movie to make it R.

    5. Mrs. M
      March 20, 2015 at 5:40 am

      I would not let people commit lewd acts or swear or use bad behavior in real life in front of me! Why would I watch it on film? How did Americans get so numb to the lack of intelligence and laziness of the screenwriters to come up with good entertainment! Leave out the unnecessary bathroom and bedroom scenes. Why aren’t there more reality shows and movies about heroes and people who make a difference for the good of mankind? I am way over 17 and almost never let R rated films enter into my life.

    6. Matt Norcross
      March 15, 2015 at 5:09 am

      Hollywood doesn’t care about the whole of the American public these days, and are as worse as the liberal MSM in terms of alienation. I really am hoping The Peanuts Movie does very well at the box office, and I also hope it’s the first movie of the 2010s to be rated G since Monsters University. As children are losing their innocence due to the crap Hollywood puts out, I think it’s a welcome relief to see Charlie Brown and friends back on the big screen. There’s a huge audience out there that’s sick and tired of the garbage Hollywood spews out as “entertainment” today. Sex might sell, but love of family, the innocence of country, and yes… faith in God… that sells too. Hollywood needs to realize that R-rated and PG-13-rated movies aren’t the only movies that should be available to see at the theatre.

      • brandon
        April 23, 2015 at 2:15 pm

        I completely agree. There should be an equal number of R, PG-13, PG, and G. Even though I don’t usually watch that many modern PG or G rated films, people should still be given the option. I’m a liberal and I agree with you.

    7. Matt Norcross
      March 14, 2015 at 6:18 am

      Odds are The Peanuts Movie will be yet another movie that will win over audiences. It’s set for release in November, and the film is a 20th Century Fox production. Even thought they do have R-rated movies that recently flopped (Unfinished Business, ugh!) and of course those awful TV networks (except for the Fox News Channel), Fox is still showing that they care about families. In a time when Hollywood is shoving gratuitous sex, gruesome violence, foul language, and in-your-face liberal propaganda down our throats, I think it’s a welcome relief to see Charlie Brown finally making a comeback.

    8. John
      March 12, 2015 at 10:04 am

      I feel the same way. I notice, for example, at my local movie theater, most of the movies are rated “PG-13″ or “R” these days. Not only is it very rare that a movie is rated “G” these days, but there doesn’t even seem to be that many movies rated “PG” anymore, either. Seems that not even the family movies are that worth seeing nowadays, either. These movies are also produced by types who are smug, or want to indoctrinate their audience. For instance, I’ve seen a couple of “PG” movies that are anti-conservative, and know of at least a few other “PG” ones that are as well. I also notice that, whenever such rating systems are created for a respective medium, it seems that such media declines in cleanliness. For that reason, I think we should abolish this ratings system and go back to the Hayes code, or something similar.

      • Moax429
        March 15, 2015 at 9:41 am

        Hence, a *big* reason why, since June 1980 (when I was 18 and graduated from Catholic high school), I have subscribed to the Catholic News Service (formerly the U.S. Catholic Conference/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)’s movie rating system. Unlike the MPAA’s system (which to this day remains a *joke*), the CNS ratings spells *everything* out and doesn’t keep you guessing about what to expect.

        I do agree, John – I also think the MPAA ratings system should be abolished. But if the Hayes code were reinstated, it wouldn’t go without a fight from those liberal, “smug” types you mentioned. *Very* sad, indeed.

        The late Jack Valenti should be so proud (sarcastically speaking, of course).

        • brandon
          April 23, 2015 at 2:07 pm

          I don’t like the Catholic News Service because they look negatively on depictions of homosexuality. As for the Hays Code I think it being reinstated would be devastating to film making. The Hays Code were like shackles on film it restricted artistic freedom and imagination. If the Hays Code wasn’t abolished we wouldn’t have films like; The Graduate, Rosemary’s Baby, Easy Rider, or Apocalypse Now. Not to mention we wouldn’t have any of the films from Stanley Kubrick’s filmography.

          • Christopher Gildemeister
            April 23, 2015 at 4:12 pm

            The Catholic News Service’s reviews speak from a specific perspective, to a particular audience. You may not agree with them; but then if GLAAD issued movie reviews, there would also be people served by that and who disagreed with that, too.

            I have to disagree about the Production Code. Most artists typically produce more creative work when they’re forced to operate under some restrictions, whether this is from a specific patron funding them (Renaissance artists), editors looking over their shoulders (Charles Dickens and other serialized authors), or the Production Code. And can you really say that “artistic imagination” was “shackled” when talking about, say, The Wizard of Oz? Just because something is more explicit doesn’t make it superior art.

            Re: Kubrick: Paths of Glory, Spartacus, Lolita and Dr. Strangelove were all made under the Production Code; and 2001 was so tame the MPAA rated it “G.” So (in my opinion, at least) we WOULD still have his best films.

    9. Dixie Conger
      March 11, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      I have been offended so many times by the R-rating in the past, I learned I am much happier living by my decision to avoid R-rated movies altogether for the last 20 years.

    10. Jonathan
      March 11, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      Nope, I want more R rated films. Also Fifty Shades of Grey did not bomb at the box office. It held the top spot for about two weeks. Not to mention Kingsmen: Secret Service and American Snipet held the second and third position.

      Also if a R rated film does bomb that does not mean people want less R rated films. It means two things. One the movie was horrible and people did not want to see a bad movie or the marketing was bad. Plus just because a family film does make money does not mean it is a good movie. There are plenty of family films that are terrible movies.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        April 3, 2015 at 9:55 am

        By your own logic, then, you’ll have to acknowledge that “just because an R-rated film does make money does not mean it is a good movie,” and that “there are plenty of R-rated films that are terrible movies.” Equally, “if a family film does bomb it does not mean people want fewer family films.”

        There are low-quality family films; there are terrible R-rated films. But it is counter-intuitive to assume, as you seem to, that most or all family films are terrible no matter how popular they are, but if an R-rated film, no matter how lousy it is, does poorly at the box office, that’s due to bad marketing.

        You may want more R-rated films…but many more people want more family films.

        • brandon
          April 23, 2015 at 1:57 pm

          Can’t we just have both, so we can all get along. I do disagree with Jonathan on one thing though. There are plenty of good family films out there. Now as of late it has been harder to find some good ones, but that is true for all movies today. R-rated films today have a tendency to think more violence and sex equals good, which is so not true. The violence and sex need to have a purpose and the story and characters always need to come first. There needs to be a balance, examples of that would be Chappie, Gone Girl, or It Follows. Same with older films such as Alien and Halloween.

          Family films of today have a different problem. They have a tendency to talk down to children and treat them like their stupid. Family films also need to find a balance of keeping it kid friendly and respecting the child’s intelligence. Good examples would be Frozen, Lego Movie, or Despicable Me. Same with older films such as Goonies or E.T..

      • K Scott
        April 23, 2016 at 11:44 pm

        The reality is that your simply an idiot. I mean that in the most clinical way possible. R rated movies do not educate or uplift or inspire– they denigrate, spoil and sully. They lower the IQ and devolve your humanity. They erode innocence until it is finally expunged!

        You want gratuitous sex (the lingering glimpses) the more that your conscience rejects and your baser self simply hungers for — (the prurient) — without the actual foundation of love relationship and lasting existence that exists in Reality? You want language that no one you admire or consider your hero, leader or example would ever approve of — and would likely have them turn away from you — for your failure to be an adult?
        You want the violence that policeman, fireman, and soldiers wish and dream they could expunge from their minds — the horrors of life from the most ugly catastrophes, the most cruel and lowest life-forms seem to relish and proliferate? (For this I know from personal experience is True!)
        You have abandoned reason and civility — to crave the rude and crude and crass of life–
        for that is the aim and the substance the scope of ‘R’ rated movies.

        We may have passed the era of Rebellion in its blush of youth — from the 60s as our society rejected common sense and entered into inappropriate adolescence. And now we live in a new era of shamelessness of pretending the word pervert does not apply to homosexuals (who somehow demand we call them a word meaning overly happy– when that life only leads to the few depressingly sad old men; and the huge number of grave stones of the cemeteries of deaths by aids and sexual disease); or those that mock God and any and everything rational to not just wear women’s clothing but want to cut slice and medicate their bodies into a travesty — and then demand society not ignore but applaud their mental illness. There was a reason why, when people who loved the crass; and crud of life — were shunned and shamed for thousands of years of Human History– It Is Because — there is behavior; actions; and life-styles which are low, debased, and create true suffering and anguish!
        There are things which civilization if required to shun and behavior which is shameful!

        Having been related to both law-enforcement; fire-fighting; and a life filled with the experience of studying,
        working with and living with youth as young as 15 and as old as 55 who were profoundly retarded —
        I do know something of the behavior of what and who are idiots. It is not a life to choose, but to ameliorate when possible– and not to pretend is in any way normal.

        There is much more to life than foul language — which never created any masterpieces of literature; sexual abandon — which never created stable, healthy or long-lasting homes; or violence without just cause and only exploring the horror of the most cruel or the depraved– which all of history proves lead to the opposite of civilization.
        I have worked for; lived next to and associated with and come in contact with the most talented, most intelligent, most amazing people: from choreographer of the Berlin Ballet; the maestro for The Berlin Philharmonic; true statesmen and men of noble character, who never having sought the honors of men, deserved them even more! I have seen, served and learned from men of outstanding talent; and noted experts in their fields and who excelled in law, science, and medicine.
        I can tell you none of those amazing people and whose lives were success stories; who were lewd, crude or crass.
        None sought out or evidenced any penchant for the banal or cruel of life;
        and None of them used foul or disparaging language. NONE.
        If you want more ‘R’ rated to be your chosen diet — you will never rise to your potential; find true success in life; or have the friendship and admiration of those who are truly praiseworthy.
        You have a higher value– and were meant to have more! Please do not degrade your intrinsic value!
        Do not descend into the basement—when there are stairs
        that lead to the roof- open sky – the life of the extraordinary — endless adventures; discoveries and success!

        • Jeremiah.axiom
          August 5, 2018 at 9:36 am

          I am in total agreement with your comment. For me movies are a big part of my entertainment, I know I should be doing other things in life but I have schizoaffectiv disorder and don’t know very many people to go out and do things, so I watch movies. The problem is what to watch, there’s not much in the form of decent entertainment for someone like me that likes acton/sci-fi type movies and it sucks. Keep up the fight and thanks for your comment.

    11. Shirley
      March 11, 2015 at 8:58 am

      I am with you on the R ratings, i’m tired of them. Personally I can’t wait to see Cinderella however I cannot convince my 10 year old son to go with me. We were looking forward to Chappie until I saw the R rating. I will have to screen it before I take my son.

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