80 votes
Accepted

Why would a movie that appears pornographic via it's rating (X) receive an Academy Award?

Quite simple: Midnight Cowboy is not a pornographic film. What we have here is a misunderstanding of the original intent of the X rating, which gave rise to the NC-17 rating. Several films from the ...
user avatar
  • 19.5k
49 votes

Why was "Oliver!" (1968) rated G?

There was no "PG" in 1968, in either the US or UK. US had G [General] or M [Mature] & no-one in their right mind would edit a family musical to get an M rating, so presumably they were well ...
user avatar
  • 45.7k
41 votes
Accepted

What does "Appropriate Audience" mean?

Though this term is dubious, but as stated on REDDIT and Quora, the term Appropriate Audience means that the trailer of a particular movie is appropriate for the viewers of the movie they are about to ...
user avatar
  • 57.3k
30 votes
Accepted

How is John Wick 3 a 15 certificate?

The BBFC's website contains the following guidelines for 15-rated films: Violence Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The strongest gory images are ...
user avatar
  • 20k
28 votes
Accepted

Who enforces MPAA rating adherence?

It's voluntary. Here's a little bit of an interview with a representative from the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO): “The rating system is voluntary, but we strongly encourage ...
user avatar
  • 8,828
20 votes

Was it necessary to bleep out Johanna Mason's curses?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was rated 12A in the UK, which gives you one "F" word to use without affecting the age rating of the film. Any more and you get hit with a 15 rating, which would have ...
user avatar
  • 14.7k
15 votes

Why was "Oliver!" (1968) rated G?

Because there was no PG when Oliver! was released. As per the Wikipedia article: The ratings used from 1968 to 1970 were: †1 †2 Rated G: Suggested for General Audiences Rated M: Suggested for Mature ...
user avatar
  • 1,940
13 votes

What made "manspreading" acceptable in American movies?

Unfortunately, you have completely misconstrued what is going on here. He's not "manspreading"...he's dancing while sitting...as part of a musical scene..
user avatar
  • 130k
12 votes
Accepted

Why the change in "Rating" for Batman vs Superman in extended cut?

The extra footage included some additional scenes of violence, and gore, and some extremely mild nudity. Specifically: The aftermath of the African "attack" shows more graphically burned or mutilated ...
user avatar
  • 35.3k
11 votes
Accepted

Why are nude scenes allowed in PG-13 movies?

I believe the difference is between sexual and non-sexual contexts. Female breasts and nipples are allowed (briefly) in PG and PG-13 movies if they are in a non-sexual context. Kate Winslet's breasts ...
user avatar
  • 23.3k
11 votes
Accepted

What are the 7 cuts made in the Indian version of Deadpool?

From businessofcinema.com, seven scenes that were cut by the censorboard of India are: All the cuss words have been muted. Also, some sexual euphemisms have been muted. The triple headshot (...
user avatar
  • 116k
11 votes
Accepted

Deadpool uncensored in Sweden?

Different countries have different boards who classify movies and assign ratings, often with different criteria for determining which rating it should receive and sometimes requiring scenes to be cut ...
user avatar
11 votes

Can a B-movie movie get promoted due to high rating from audience?

The term "B movie", at least in modern movies, doesn't have any kind of official meaning. It's not a rating that gets applied to a movie by some organization, it's really just a "genre" of movie. ...
user avatar
  • 35.3k
10 votes

Has the MPAA ever allowed full-frontal nudity in a PG-rated movie?

I could not find any strictly PG movies, but there have been a very few PG-13 rated moved with obvious full frontal female nudity. The most famous of these is almost certainly Titanic, rated PG-13. ...
user avatar
  • 35.3k
10 votes
Accepted

What made "manspreading" acceptable in American movies?

It's not the time or the leg position that matters, it's the nudity. Absolutely clothing makes a huge difference. Also, most nudity in American movies that are rated R or less is only the breasts and ...
user avatar
  • 9,297
9 votes

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

Actually, at first, it was 16! When the MPAA released the first ratings in 68 to replace the Hays Code, an R rating meant 16+. When the ratings were first conceived, only three where recognized, G, ...
user avatar
8 votes

MPAA film numbers - is there a list?

To my understanding, no one has ever compiled a list of every single film they've stuck the number on. I'm sure, buried in a database somewhere, the MPAA knows, but it doesn't appear to have been ...
user avatar
8 votes

What does "Appropriate Audience" mean?

I believe that the "Appropriate Audience" they are talking about is the audience for the feature that will start after the trailers. For example, someone has decided that viewers of the feature are an ...
user avatar
  • 5,061
8 votes
Accepted

The remake of The Blob in the 1980s -- was an explicit child death rare prior to the 80s?

No, it wasn't the first film: There is quite a long article about the "Death of a child" trope. Let me bring just a few examples: Cross of iron (1977) R shows the death of child-soldiers ...
user avatar
  • 10.4k
7 votes

Why are nude scenes allowed in PG-13 movies?

Directly from the MPAA Wiki: Nudity is restricted to PG and above, although only brief nudity is permitted in a PG rated film. Nudity that is sexually oriented will generally require an R ...
user avatar
  • 57.6k
7 votes
Accepted

How does The Day of the Jackal have a PG rating?

Well if you take into consideration the MPAA just established the ratings board in 1968 and on the board sits 8-13 members and these members watch each film and rate it for what their generalizations ...
user avatar
  • 96
7 votes

Why would a movie that appears pornographic via it's rating (X) receive an Academy Award?

Midnight Cowboy was controversial for its time due to its nude scenes and its depiction of a male prostitute, but did not show penetration (which would have garnered it a Triple-X rating). As this ...
user avatar
  • 57.6k
7 votes
Accepted

Are the 2015 Academy Nominated Animated Shorts family friendly?

Here's my thoughts on the Animated shorts: TL;DR : Content is probably fine... better with 10+ probably? Minor spoilers below. Me and My Moulton - About a kid. If you're extremely puritanical, ...
user avatar
  • 26.3k
7 votes
Accepted

How is it decided whether or not a TV show will censor its swearing?

Broadcast (over-the-air) television in the US must conform to FCC rules (we have something similar here in Canada). Under penalty of fines, content must not exceed certain boundaries. Movies produced ...
user avatar
  • 1,538
6 votes

Why are children not allowed to play a role in adult films, but allowed in R-rated films?

Why children not allowed to play a role in adult films? Because the law says so. "In the United States Code of Regulations, under title Title 18, Section 2257, no performers under the age of 18 are ...
user avatar
  • 5,270
6 votes

To what extent are child actors exposed to the violent aspects of the movie they perform in?

It comes to what the child agrees to do and if the parent will allow it as well. A director of a film will try to not to put the child in a vulnerable position in filming where the child feels ...
user avatar
  • 6,930
6 votes
Accepted

Has a TV showrunner ever blamed U.S. television content rating standards for compromising his/her creative vision?

This is a really interesting question. I've tried to find some sort of list of "banned" television shows, but I came up completely empty. You are of course right that many directors and producers ...
user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible