• PTC to MPAA: No Minors Allowed Into R-Rated Films

    by  • August 7, 2018 • Movies, Ratings Reform • 9 Comments

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    The Parents Television Council is calling on the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to hold the A24 Studio accountable for its intent to let those younger than 17 be admitted without a parent into select theaters for free screenings of the R-rated film, Eighth Grade.

    R-rated films are restricted to minors ages 17 and under without a parent or adult guardian, according to the MPAA.

    “Subjective declarations such as the one by A24 – that some content is ‘too important’ to be labeled in accordance with the standards set forth by the MPAA and understood, trusted and relied upon by parents – undermine and negate the entire purpose of having the content rating system in the first place. In this instance, and based upon empirical data of this film’s content, the Hollywood studio at issue here is grotesquely and irresponsibly usurping parental authority. Either the standard means something or it means nothing. Those who are openly violating both the spirit and the letter of the age-based content ratings system for this publicity stunt should be held to account by the MPAA,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

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    9 Responses to PTC to MPAA: No Minors Allowed Into R-Rated Films

    1. XRC
      August 14, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      The MPAA only has the power to assign age ratings to films that are voluntarily submitted to them. They do not own movie theaters and cannot punish them for not checking IDs, showing movies for free, showing unrated movies, or anything else.

      Don’t blame the MPAA. Blame A24 studios and/or the individual theaters that are allowing people to see this movie for free without checking IDs. Or better yet, blame the Supreme Court justices that ruled that motion pictures are protected by the First Amendment in 1952. If motion pictures were not protected by the First Amendment, we could regulate movie theaters the same way we regulate retailers who sell alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. Not only could checking IDs for R-rated movies become law, we could also set minimum ticket prices, put more restrictions on movie advertising, and much, much more.

    2. Shinji
      August 10, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      What exactly do you want them to do? Not let them have their movies rated anymore? That’s basically all they could do, and that would spark outrage.

      Please talk about “Father of the Year” instead. This movie has a hundred F-bombs in it, and Netflix is claiming it is TV-14.

    3. Phil Shuman
      August 10, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      And how ought the MPAA hold A24 accountable? This is remarkably vague. They have no power

    4. Maddox Cox
      August 10, 2018 at 11:54 am

      Lies, there’s a difference between R and NC 17

      • Phillip
        August 14, 2018 at 7:52 am

        Go away Maddox Cox, and they are NOT liars!

    5. August 9, 2018 at 12:24 am

      Reminds me of that time IFC Center invited minors to watch Blue is The Warmest Color, despite the film having an NC-17 rating!

    6. moax429
      August 8, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      I wouldn’t be surprised if it was *appealed* from NC-17 to R (that seems to be the norm nowadays, but the MPAA *won’t* apprise the public of that as they are *very* secretive and sneaky).

      I *haven’t* trusted the MPAA ratings system since 1984.

      • moax429
        August 29, 2018 at 4:45 pm

        I stand corrected on *one* count:

        I have just read the review of “Eighth Grade” on the Catholic News Service’s website. According to what reviewer John Mulderig assessed, this film was *nowhere near* NC-17 territory; it was more of a “basic” (i.e. *not* “hard”) R rating. CNS classified “Eighth Grade” A-III, meaning for adults, in their movie rating system. So I do apologize for jumping to conclusions without more research.

        However, I *do* agree: A24 Films *should* be held accountable for letting underage kids get in to see this film for free without parents and/or checking ID’s. And I am *still very* skeptical about how the MPAA continues to secretively appeal and underrate films (hence, why I’ve subscribed to the CNS’ movie rating system since 1980).

        • moax429
          August 29, 2018 at 4:47 pm

          I meant “critical,” *not* “skeptical.”

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