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Pg-13 vs R

Recently there has been an abundance of remakes, reboots and found footage movies, with ratings that do not match their predecessor. In the last 15 years, I feel movies lack a certain something, not just because I am into violence, blood and guts or cursing, which I do not find to be offensive, but because they have been babying everything to make it more kid friendly and of course profitable. Studios making movies just for the simple fact of making it marketable to a larger audience is hurting the art of movie making. Think about the Terminator movies of the 1980’s. They had an R  rating  and they were  awesome, but the one in 2015 (Terminator Genisys) has a PG-13 rating. It may be a decent movie but I’m sure it will be very dull and not the action I would be expecting, but this is just one mans opinion.

Movie ratings 15 years ago, were different. They were a little more lacks and let directors have free range over their art. Now studios care about the marketability and the bottom  of their pockets. Studios have changed their thinking on how to get more asses in the seats to make millions. They have also put directors and artists in a choke hold on making good movies. Seems studios want to churn out remakes or low budget movies to make a bigger return and now it seems they own the Motion Pictures Associations of America. Studios dull the movies down just enough to expand the market to all age groups. Here is a great video to show you and might change your thinking on movie ratings. It certainly got me thinking.

Here is some info on the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) film-rating system which is used in the United States and its territories to rate a film’s suitability for certain audiences, based on its content. The MPAA rating system is a voluntary scheme that is not enforced by law; films can be exhibited without a rating, though many theaters refuse to exhibit non-rated or NC-17 rated films. Non-members of MPAA may also submit films for rating. Other media (such as television programs and video games) may be rated by other entities. The MPAA rating system is one of various motion picture rating systems that are used to help parents decide what films are appropriate for their children.The MPAA’s rating system is administered by the Classification & Ratings Administration (CARA), an independent agency.

I am a big fan of movies and spend my money on going to the theater very wisely, you can say. I feel studios and the rating system has hurt mine and others movie experiences. There are too much found footage and remakes in my opinion nowadays, which studios think they can capitalize on. Movies are meant to be entertaining to the people who see them. They can start a cult following, inspirer imaginations and create a piece of art people can enjoy for years to come. I feel like fans of movie or genres should start speaking with their money.  What are your thoughts on movie ratings? Do you even consider them or do they play no role in your thinking or enjoyment of movies?

Here is another youtube video of movie ratings you might find interesting.

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