Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

I heard a movie star talking about a film he was in. He mentioned it was the first movie that got the PG 13 rating. I was surprised, because I remember when I was 13, the movie Dreamscape came out. Entertainment Tonight (side note: Mary Hart’s legs look even better when you’re 13) said that movie was the first to get that rating.

And when it came on HBO, I remember a woman nude during a love scene. Although, I bought the DVD a few years ago and that scene was edited (no, I didn’t buy the movie just for that scene…it was on sale for only $4).

I talked about moving ratings with local musician Jose Sinatra at a party the other day (you can read about it in a future Crasher). Of course, we brought up the well known trivia question about Midnight Cowboy (Dustin Hoffman/Jon Voight) being the only X rated film to ever win an Oscar for Best Picture.

Somewhere in the 70s, “X” started to only mean “pornography”.

Eventually, they came up with NC17 to indicate that the movie wasn’t pornographic, but that it was for nobody under 17 (unlike R movies, which for some reason, parents are allowed to bring kids in).

The latest Meryl Streep movie “It’s Complicated” (it’s not very good) was rated R. The entertainment magazines have done stories about how it got that R rating simply because of a scene in which Steve Martin smokes a joint with Streep. The ratings board ruled that it showed marijuana in a fun and glamorous light.

Well, if that’s going to be what the ratings board does…what about all the movies that have people smoking cigarettes? The characters that are supposed to be cool or sexy, and they have a cancer stick dangling from their lip or hand.

Is the ratings board going to take the same approach to alcohol? Most teen comedies have a scene that involves a party with underage drinking. Shouldn’t the same rule apply to those films?

Sinatra told me that the PG rating initially was GP, but so many people were confused by that (he’s like a walking encyclopedia of music and movie triva).

I recently watched a DVD of Inside Moves (a must see if you’re a basketball fan, know someone that’s disabled, or you just like good movies). It came out in 1979 and was rated PG. During the director commentary, Donner talked about how it was initially given an R rating because of all the curse words. And that makes me wonder -- at what point does all that change?

Somewhere along the line, we were able to see Denis Franz show his butt on TV in NYPD Blue. And, we also heard some blue language from the cast.

I worked in radio when Denis Leary released the song “A$$hole”. Our boss gave us the okay to play it (this was the early 90s). It was surprising, since a year earlier we were told to edit the Lou Reed classic “Walk on the Wild Side.”

Avatar is currently rated PG 13. I’m not sure why it isn’t rated PG. The Chipmunks movie is rated PG. Not sure why it isn’t G.

Over the last few years, I’ve seen R rated movies that should’ve been NC17. Bruno, which had a one minute close-up of a naked man with a dancing penis (among other graphic sex scenes); Zack & Mira Make a Porno (yet another turkey by the talented Kevin Smith…which had graphic sex scenes); and The Dreamers, which was a Bernardo Bertolucci film, so critics felt like they had to give it a good review. It had a great premise, but lost its way rather quickly. But geez…you think it was hardcore when Marlon Brando used butter in Bertolucci’s “Last Tango in Paris”…it has nothing on this film, which should’ve gotten an NC17.

The NC17 rating kind of bit the dust, when certain groups protested the theatres that would carry them.

Those groups should instead protest the theatres that carry garbage like “Did you Hear about the Morgans?”

More like this:

Comments
9

Actually before PG movie ratings, movies were rated M (Mature audiencies). That caused confusion differentiating between R and M. That and the fact that a vast majority of adult Americans are immature.

Dec. 28, 2009

Good point, Miles. And thanks for the correction.

Dec. 28, 2009

I can't remember the last time I even bothered to see what the rating was?? I guess I am either too old, or just don't give a rats ass about the rating...the MPAA can just not exist for all I care... :-)

Dec. 29, 2009

Boy, I could go on and on, on how much I hate the rating system. The issue with smoking now affecting ratings throughly screws up an already antiquated(sic) system.

See "This Film is Not Yet Rated" for examples on how bass akward the rating system is.

Example: I can remember as a young adult (thirteen) seeing a nude scene with Tonya Roberts in a PG film (Sheena!) but this was back in the '80s when the rating system seemed to relax in a certain fashion.

Now a few curse words and a dark situation (homelessness) as in Wendy and Lucy gives a film an automatic "R". Go figure!

Dec. 29, 2009

Exactly. Nothing about Wendy and Lucy should be R. Maybe B for boring, but that's another debate.

But, in Ironweed, when Meryl Streep and Nicholson were homeless, I have no problem with the R rating, as there was a sexual situation where Streep had to take care of some homeless guy, in order to sleep in the area that guy was in.

Dec. 29, 2009

Dang! I need to get out more. You guys are talking about movies that I've never heard of before. But then again, I'm too dang cheap to spring for going out to a movie, plus I don't like dealing with obnoxious movie-goers.

Jan. 1, 2010

i need to see "Inside Moves" -- if you have it, can you lend it to me? laughs

Jan. 2, 2010

bluenwhite...I can be cheap as well. But I have a friend that gets me into many movies for free. And even with that option, I decline a lot of films because they just look bad (and as you said, dealing with obnoxious audience members).

Karen, I netflixed it, so it's already gone.

Jan. 3, 2010

Yep Josh. I can not stand to go to a movie theatre anymore. Too many wierd people and too many distractions for me. I would rather rent it or wait until it is on Pay Per View. Don't care what the ratings are either.

Jan. 8, 2010

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close