The MPAA as we know, knows best on what is appropriate for people. I say that ends today. The MPAA makes the worst ratings in history. This is because of two things. 1. The names of the ratings and what they stand for and 2. The people who rate the movies. What I am going to do is show you how the fix the names of the ratings to what they should be. The people who rate them, you really can't do anything about them.
First off, Let me give you an example of a movies that were unjustly rated R. Kingsmen: The Secret Service. Kingsmen was rated R for sequences of strong violence, language, and some sexual content. This is one of the best examples of an unjustly rated R movie. The amount of language in a movie should not depend on its rating. Most PG-13 movies have 1-2 F words, while this movie had 117. Making the amount of F words less doesn't change the fact that their is already an F word in the movie. Their is no difference between 1-2 F words and 117. A F word is a F word. Same thing goes for "sh**", "Bi***", and many others.
Lets go to the next part of the movie. The sexual content. There is sexual content in all PG-13 movies. This movie, in fact, had less sexual content than some PG-13 movies. In the description on IMDb, it says that there are some references, which most are impossible to hear because they are so well masked in the British accent. I admit, at the end of the movie, they do show the buttocks of a women, which is no reason to rate a movie R. You see that on cable TV. Plus, 13 year olds today have seen that whether it's on youtube, in an other move, or elsewhere. The fact of the matter is, is that all of the sexual content in the movie has been seen by 13 year olds.
Last but not least, the violence. It is probably rated R because of this most importantly. But I am here to say movies rated R for violence is one of the most stupid parts of the MPAA. Even if it is extremely stylized. From a young age of 5-7 years old, violence is already inserted into your head. You grow up around violence where it's a poster, a trailer for a movie, or a commercial on TV. You see Violence in it's simplest form from those ages, whether it's arguing with your parents or siblings, fighting with a kid for the ball on the playground and more. Violence is around us constantly and there is really nothing parents can do to shield it from there kids. It is just the society we grow up in. So to say by the age of 13 something is too violent is just ridiculous. It's not like your child hasn't seen it before. This I believe is the most stupidest part of the ratings system.
However there are some movies that deserve the R rating. Anything with graphic nudity or a LOT of drugs. Here are some movies. They may have already been out or are in theaters now.
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- Wild Things
- Fifty Shades of Gray
- The Danish Girl
- By The Sea
There are many, many more that actually deserve the R rating, but there are also many many more who don't deserve the R rating. With everything being said, here is my improves rating system.
- G: No sex,language,drugs, or frightening scenes
- PG: Mild Sex, many sequences of violence, few instances of language such as the 1-5 F words, little drug use, not very frightening.
- PG-16: Moderate-strong sex, unlimited violence mild nudity. unlimited language, Moderate drug usage, as frightening as wanted.
- R: Very strong sexual content, graphic nudity, unlimited violence, unlimited language, heavy drug usage
As you can see, these are very different ratings than what we have now. With these ratings, a lot more movies would be rated PG. All the marvel movies, most action movies would be rated PG. I think this is much stronger to what we have now and a lot more fair towards kids and teens. Now some may argue that the many sequences of violence for PG is quite ridiculous. But I remind you all of this is at the parents discretion. The parents can choose whether the movie is appropriate for his or her son.
In conclusion, this is how I passionately feel about the MPAA. If you are part of the MPAA and reading this, please note this article to your superiors. With this system, The right movies can be rated correctly and not poorly because of the system.