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What is "historical smoking"?

TL;DR: Some distributors have context-related descriptors for their movies: Disney for example says NO to new characters smoking in new films, but if a historical figure is portrayed smoking, because ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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..
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is there a list of MPAA film numbers?

Here is the list of cert. numbers assigned to films, both released and unreleased, but it's not really completed yet. For the rated films, it's nearly complete, so the list is updated once a week, ...
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Is it true that indexed movies in Germany are not actually banned?

"The Index" is the colloquial name for the "List of Media Harmful to Young People", which is maintained by the German "Federal Review Board for Media Harmful to Minors". It contains not just movies, ...
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What are 'F-rated' movies?

Wikipedia has this to say about "F-rating". It is to: highlight films which either had a senior figure in production who was female – a director or a screenwriter – or had very strong female leads ...
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Is there a list of MPAA film numbers?

Richie's answer provides a relatively current list of titles with certificate numbers. Just to add to the answer: the MPAA Website has a Related Links section in the footer. One of those links points ...
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Was it necessary to bleep out Johanna Mason's curses?

PG-13 Movies are generally allowed a maximum of 1 non-sexualized use of the f-bomb per movie. There can be exceptions to this rule. From the Daily Mail: Officially, the MPAA's Classification and ...
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Do movie soundtracks video clips follow the movie's age rating?

MPAA ratings only make a statement about what one can expect from the theatrical release of a film. It's not intended to make any statement about media which is ancillary to the film, such as music ...
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Why do some "unrated" films have an MPAA seal in the end credits?

The MPAA may not give a film a rating but the number is issued to indicate that is was submitted for review I found this from a link in a previous question regarding MPAA numbers The Motion Picture ...
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What are 'F-rated' movies?

The F-Rating is a classification for any film which has a woman directing the film has a woman writing the plot features significant women on screen in their own right So basically female/feminist - ...
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How is John Wick 3 a 15 certificate?

Certification in UK is lowering constantly. Terminator 2 originally came out with a 15 certificate with cuts and in 2001 it got a 15 certificate without cuts. All of the Alien movies used to be 18 and ...
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Just how is a movie/film piece certified?

Movies are 'classified' or 'rated' when they are released for public showings or in form like a dvd for sale by a body that is approved by each country the movie is released in. The criteria they use ...
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