Did you know that a Catholic priest sits on the board of appeals at the MPAA? It kind of helps explain why American movies are so uptight about sex compared to foreign films, eh? I’m not sure what explains the violence, but apparently the board members don’t see any hard in harming people rather than loving them.
This Film is Not Yet Rated is a documentary about the ratings system, and tries to uncover who really is making the calls on what rating a film will receive, the history behind the current ratings system, and the politics of ratings.
There are some great interviews in the movie, and even more in the bonus material in the DVD. Kevin Smith has some great stuff to say about the ratings board’s opinions on Clerks. The commentary on the South Park movie is hilarious. Did you know that, “Bigger, Longer, and Uncut” was not the original name of that movie? And that the MPAA didn’t pick up on the inuendo behind the revised title until it was too late?
It’s a quality flick. It will piss you off. And you get to see a compilation of NC-17 generating scenes, so be prepared to be offended if you’re a Catholic priest.