FMP ep. 079 – The Complicated Tyranny of the MPAA

MPAAFor this episode, G Clark and Justin discuss their mild disappointment with The Good Dinosaur and their pleasant surprise with Creed. They also discuss their agonized relationship with the ratings system of the Motion Picture Association of America.

Show Schedule:

  • 0:00 – 31:56 – REVIEWS: The Good Dinosaur, Creed
  • 31:57 – 53:44 – The MPAA – G, PG, and PG-13 Ratings
  • 53:45 – 1:14:03 – The MPAA – R and NC-17 Ratings
  • 1:14:04 – 1:15:36 – Contact Information

Show Notes:

  • A link to the official page for the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), not the “British Board of Film Censors,” as we incorrectly called it.
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  • Reviews of Chiraq and Trumbo, as well as some (already dated) awards prognostication.

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  • Your discussion of the MPAA is really interesting and right on. I never really paid attention to ratings except when I was young just to calculate if I’d be able to see a movie without an adult. Now that I have a child at movie-going age I…still don’t pay attention to MPAA ratings. They are way too vague and don’t get into specifics about types of language, violence, etc. Right now I rely on websites run by assholes that break down each movie into specifics that explain what language is used and when, what types of violence is portrayed and how long those scenes are, etc. The websites also decry mainstream movies that contain “references that imply a character may be homosexual” which is why they are assholes. I would love if there is a website out there that breaks down scenes in a similar way that is not run by assholes, but I haven’t found one yet. Anybody know of one?

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