1. Pete n SFO says

    The MPAA is a bunch of rich, old, white guys from within the industry. They are not going to suddenly get enlightened.

    It’s a bummer, but HW can do more on the inside, than on the sideline.

  2. says

    I simply don’t understand why anyone in authority would NOT want to stop bullying. Perhaps a petition from Change.ORG signed by thousands of people demanding members of the MPAA be removed/replaced with reasonable officials would do the trick?

  3. Dastius Krazitauc says

    How can you respect an organization which considers slashed, blood spewing throats acceptable viewing material for teens, but not same sex love or the naked male body?

  4. Gregv says

    I don’t “resect the MPAA and its process.”. They don’t even make any attempt to rate movies in a way that prevents kids from seeing what is actually psychologically damaging for them to see, but instead put up a front of “doing something” in a secretive process. That process appeals to the lowest common denominator of the dumbest parents who are more comfortable with their kids seeing protagonists slicing off innocent people’s body parts than see a breast-feeding baby or an adult stepping into the shower.

    Check out This Film Is Not Yet Rated to see what happens. They avoid having any kind of child experts on the panel in favor of those with the most “Al-American” conservative biases, including clergy.

  5. DrJWL says

    The MPAA is famously out of touch. I don’t know that anything can change that. There is a good documentary about it called This Film is Not Yet Rated. When you see the people making these decisions for us…not just rich white guys, but people out of touch with the real world in general.

  6. Dave says

    The MPAA thinks it’s still 1968, the subject matter is too suggestive in their archaic world view. The idea that teens might be having sex, same sex sex…. That’s just scary…

  7. Gregoire says

    I respect the Weinsteins for fighting this, but let’s be honest. Most kids see R rated movies all the time of their own devices, and this might not be a movie kids see in the theater anyway. The fight, and one that should be fought with the MPAA, is on principle.

  8. Dback says

    “Chronicle” (teen gets impaled on spear) and “Wolverine” (villain gets decapitated) were both rated PG-13. That should tell you something about the MPAA and its standards.

  9. Jazzy says

    I love all your comments. They are so predictably juvenile. If the film has R rated content then it should be rated R. Harvey has every option to re-cut the film. If he wants a wider audience he can re-cut the film. This happens every day at studios. Why should the MPAA make a special case for this film? Because it has a great message? Oh please!

  10. SCollingsworth says

    How about a Facebook page demanding the MPAA change the rating? It’s been working for women. Virginia backed down, the Susan Komen Foundation backed down… How about GLADD getting involved (what am I saying, I must be delusional there).

  11. Fix It Again Tony says

    Maybe Harvey Weinstein and other independents should get together and form their own version of MPAA, since the current one (noting “This Film is Not Yet Rated”) is dominated by large studios, such as Disney & Sony, and is notorious for disallowing “G” ratings for anyone other than their “good old boys” club members.
    The independents could be noted filmmakers, who are just not that involved with the big studios.

  12. CKNJ says

    @Jazzy: How out of touch can you be? This is not a movie with nudity or sexual content but is about a very serious thoughtful necessary topic… Where the hell is your head at that you criticize Weinstein? Are you either on the board or MPAA or an apologist for them? Can you honestly justify crazy bloody violence as a PG-13 rating but this as an R? I rate you as ‘D’ for dunce!

  13. Keith says

    The MPAA board has a Catholic priest that sits in as a non-voting member. It is the only official religious organization that offers it’s observations to the board. Nothing like a celibate man in a dress to help decide what general population should see.

  14. Craig says

    It’s been mentioned a couple times above but definitely rent “Thia Film is Not Yet Rated.”

    Interestingly it is co-produced by NetFlix and Blockbuster will not carry it (as if Blockbuster still has any credibility anyway).

  15. Craig says

    The unfortunate thing is there is another movie called “Bully” (staring the late Brad Renfro) that definitely deserves the R rating. Maybe MPAA was watching the wrong movie.

  16. Rance says

    I’m sure there is more to this story. The MPAA is using the excuse of a couple of F-bombs to saboutage the showing of this film. The organization has a long history of anti-gay bigotry, and this just one more example. I smell a Catholic/Republican/Mormon somewhere in the mix.

  17. Michael Bedwell says

    The issue is not what effect the R-rating will have on attendance in theatres, and not because of the ability of under-17 kids to slip into such films, but because the ones who NEED to see it most–bullies and their enablers wouldn’t pay to see it anyway. But they could be forced to see it where most bullying actually happens—in the schools. But VERY few schools will dare trying to show a film with an R-rating. That’s the loss and shame of this ruling by nameless dinosaurs.

  18. Jazzy says

    Holy crap is this a high school student government meeting? “Down with the MPAA” “Sign this meaningless online petition” “They are anti-gay” “I saw a documentary on it (that was rated by the MPAA) that said the MPAA was bad so now I think it’s bad too”. None of you mention or perhaps you are ignorant to that fact that this is typical Weinstein. He and Rudin fight with the MPAA like every other year. He can re-cut it or put it on the internet. None of you mention the correlation between PG-13 and more money. Just be sure to touch up the rouge on your Guy Fawkes masks everyone.

  19. TJ-ATL says

    MPAA has long been homophobic. This movie should be played in every SCHOOL…! It is one of the most poignant topics but the religious right want to attempt to silence it. YOU WON’T

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