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Questions tagged [content-rating]

A motion picture rating system that is designated to classify films with regard to suitability for audiences in terms of issues such as sex, violence, substance abuse, profanity, impudence or other types of mature content.

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Why was seventeen chosen to be the age allowed to see an R-rated movie instead of sixteen or eighteen?

I've been curious about this for a while, though I really haven't found any kind of an explanation as to whether the choice of 17 as the allowed age for R-rated movies was completely arbitrary, or if ...
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How long before a film's release will it receive its certificate or rating?

As per the title, I've been researching a film which is released in about 4 weeks but doesn't seem to have received it's rating/certificate from the BBFC yet. (although several of its trailers have ...
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How do low-budget films go about movie ratings when they want to distribute globally?

Imagine a low-budget production that will be running on multiple festivals and cinemas around the world. After the theatrical tour they'll start home distribution through DVD/BD, VOD and SVOD (like ...
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What are the biggest differences between the American system of movie ratings and European systems?

In the USA the MPAA rates movies according to the appropriate audiences on a scale of G, PG, PG-13, R or NC-17. Only the last two impose any constraint on who can see it (for R an adult must accompany ...
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How is it decided whether or not a TV show will censor its swearing?

I was watching Deadpool the other night on FX. There's a lot of vulgar language in the movie. However, it was uncensored. Some movies or shows on TV censor their profanity, while others don't. How ...
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Why was “Oliver!” (1968) rated G?

I'm surprised that Oliver! (1968) was rated G. It doesn't look like a G rated movie. It contains some strong violence and quite a bit of Drinking. It looks more like a PG film. So why was it rated G? ...
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What made “manspreading” acceptable in American movies?

In the 1962 film The Music Man, after the librarian Marion Paroo turns down Harold Hill's advances, there is a scene in which the salesman engages in (fully clothed) "manspreading." The movie was ...
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Just how is a movie/film piece certified?

How does certifying a movie work? Deciding if it will be realised as: U (for all) or P.G. Etc. Do we know anything (other than what you see on the back of a standard DVD case) about the different ...
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Did the Catholic Church ever classify some films as sinful to watch, according to ecclesiastic law?

The National Legion of Decency was a Roman Catholic organisation founded in 1933 that rated films, changing its name in 1965 to the National Catholic Office for Motion Pictures. Until 1978, one of the ...
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What does “Appropriate Audience” mean?

In a lot of trailers these days, you get to see a green background screen with MPAA rating information. I understand if a movie is rated PG-13 or R or All Audiences, but what I don't understand is "...
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What are 'F-rated' movies?

I know about G, PG, A, R rated movies, but came across 'F' rated movies (e.g. on this list), does anybody know what it means?
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Are content rating criteria applied to music videos?

I am a teacher and would like to use the music video to "Are You Lost In The World Like Me?" by Moby & The Void Pacific Choir to talk about the negative impact of modern technology in our lives. ...
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How are film festivals like BQFF able to bypass CBFC certification?

I have heard about film festivals like BQFF, etc. where they show films which have even failed to clear CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification)'s certification or few might not even applied for it. ...
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Why the change in “Rating” for Batman vs Superman in extended cut?

There appear to be two different versions of the movie Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. The original version was given a "PG-13" rating; a subsequent version was given an "R" rating. From what I ...
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Why are MPAA ratings placed differently in movies vs trailers?

MPAA ratings appear very last in the movies but in the beginning of the trailers. Why are MPAA ratings placed differently in movies vs trailers?
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Was it necessary to bleep out Johanna Mason's curses?

One of the most awesome scenes in the second Hunger Games film, Catching Fire: Caesar Flickerman: We have seen a lot of tears here tonight, but I see no tears in Johanna's eyes. Johanna, you are ...
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Has the MPAA ever allowed full-frontal nudity in a PG-rated movie?

According to the MPAA's ratings guidelines, scenes containing nudity do not automatically qualify a movie for an R or NC-17 rating. Under the guidelines for PG, it says (note: all emphasis in these ...
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Can a B-movie movie get promoted due to high rating from audience?

As I understand, a B-movie gets its rating prior to becoming publicly available. As a result (correct me if I am wrong), it is not yet known the true public rating of the movie at that time. What I ...
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Deadpool uncensored in Sweden?

Wikipedia states that with records set for the biggest February and R-rated openings in numerous markets including Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, and the U.K Implying that ...
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What are the 7 cuts made in the Indian version of Deadpool?

As per bollywoodhungama.com, Deadpool passed CBFC-A rating with 7 cuts. What are those exact 7 cuts made in Deadpool to get an A (Adult) rating from the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) of ...
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How did The Right Stuff get a PG rating with so many uses of the f-word?

I'm curious how the movie The Right Stuff (1983) got away with a PG rating when there are at least 4 occurrences of the f-word. I'm not certain if there have ever been any hard set and official rules ...
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Why did Furious 7 get an 'A' certificate in India but got a 'PG-13' certificate in USA?

In India, U/A stands for Unrestricted Public Exhibition with parental guidance for children below 12 years. This rating is given to a movie which contains mild violence, language and sexuality. But ...
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How can I objectively assess or rate a movie? [closed]

I understand this could be an unusual question but, how can I objectively assess or rate a movie? Do critics use some set of rules to determine the quality of a movie? Is there any further reading I ...
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What are the differences between the US and UK cuts of the church scene in Kingsman: The Secret Service?

I will try to avoid spoilers but this question is meant for people who HAVE seen the movie. Apparently there are three different cuts of this movie as far as I know: US cut UK cut Indonesian cut As ...
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Are the 2015 Academy Nominated Animated Shorts family friendly?

The 2015 Academy Nominated Animated Shorts are making the rounds in theaters right now. I can't find any specific information on the age appropriateness of the content. Does anyone know if this is ...
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Why are children not allowed to play a role in adult films, but allowed in R-rated films?

Why are children not allowed to play a role in adult films, but allowed in R-rated films? We all know R-rated films are not suitable for kids, but children played roles in R-rated films like Shining &...
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Why would a movie that appears pornographic via it's rating (X) receive an Academy Award?

When looking at the IMDb page for Midnight Cowboy, it says that the movie is rated X but won 3 Oscars. I always assumed an X-rated movie is a pornographic movie. Does this mean that Oscars can also be ...
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Why is scary makeup allowed in PG-13 movies?

Why is scary makeup allowed in PG-13 movies? For example the orcs' faces in The Lord of the Rings are very scary, but the movies got a PG-13 rating. Another example would be The Mummy (1999), whose ...
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Why are nude scenes allowed in PG-13 movies?

Why are nude scenes allowed in PG-13 movies? For example, the movie Titanic (1997).
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MPAA film numbers - is there a list?

At the end of most major American films, there's a number. I believe current films are running in the high 40000s. From a little bit of research, when the MPAA rates a film, they give it a unique ...
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Why was Foxcatcher rated R?

After watching the movie Foxcatcher, I was very surprised to learn that the movie was rated R, especially considering that there was virtually no sexual content or profanity in the movie at all. The ...
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Why is The Punisher's “declaration of intent” missing from the German version?

There's a particular dialogue during the underrated (pun intended) Thomas Jane classic The Punisher where Frank Castle explains his intentions as spoken from the off (in a supposed farewell letter, I ...
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Are there additional laws and regulations attached to NC-17 movies?

The last time I saw an NC-17 film in theaters (Shame, 2011), an usher had to walk through the theater every once and awhile with a flashlight of sorts, which I assumed was to ensure no 17-and-unders ...
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Are there any rules for what sort of content premium channels can show?

Regulating TV content via rating is obviously different than that of movies, in which there are straight-forward ratings and rules for seeing/buying films. Cable channels follow rules that vary at ...
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How does The Day of the Jackal have a PG rating?

I was watching the original The Day of the Jackal starring Edward Fox as the Jackal. There is a scene where the character Denise is shown in bed with her boyfriend, whom she is using to gain inside ...
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Has a TV showrunner ever blamed U.S. television content rating standards for compromising his/her creative vision?

The Motion Picture Association of America is sometimes blamed by filmmakers and film producers for hampering creative vision. However, the U.S. television content rating standards (or TV parental ...
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Why do some movies include only one instance of the f word?

While rewatching Mr and Mrs Smith, there is only one instance where the f-word is used. There are several other movies (I can't recall any other at the moment) where f-word is used only once. Is there ...
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What was the source of the “star” ratings? [closed]

In the past, movies were (and still seem to be) rated on a "star rating". Unlike rating systems like Rotten Tomatoes which aggregates critic scores as a percentage of "like" and "doesn't like", the ...
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Is natural death PG rated?

I'm talking about the MPAA rating. Is natural death PG rated? The criteria for violence, drug use or nudity is easy to find, but what about death itself, caused by time or a disease such as cancer? ...
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Is there any censorship board present for films and TV shows for Hollywood?

There is Censor Board for films produced in India. It assigns certifications to films, television shows, television ads, and publications for exhibition, sale or hire in India. Films can be publicly ...
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What is the CBFC's definition of a Film?

How does one decide which "films" need to be certified by the CBFC? Would a long special episode created only for television, with no theratrical release, require certification because it is called a "...
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What is the CBFC 'S' certification?

What is The Central Board of Film Certification's (CBFC) 'S' certification? Are there any S certified movies?
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Is CBFC certificate required for Hollywood movies before release in India?

In India, any kollywood or bollywood movies get certified by Central Board of Film Certification before hitting to theaters. Is it same for the Hollywood movies? Do they get certified also? Are ...
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Children in Horror Movies [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: To what extent are child actors exposed to the violent aspects of the movie they perform in? Am I correct in thinking that children who make films which are rated at a ...
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Was Edward Furlong allowed to watch “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” when it was released?

Edward Furlong was 14 years old when Terminator 2: Judgement Day was released in 1991. And it is R-Rated. Was Edward allowed to watch this movie with a bunch of his under-age friends? Or do they ...
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How does the MPAA decide what rating to give a movie?

I know what each rating means, but how does the MPAA decide what rating to give a movie?
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To what extent are child actors exposed to the violent aspects of the movie they perform in?

Some movies feature child characters put in violent situations. This can range from crude language to extreme horror (e.g. torture, gore, etc.). As an example, Child's Play and its sequel has plenty ...