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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The MPAA Stumbles Again....

As part of my research for last week's post about ratings, I signed up for the MPAA's new "Red Carpet Ratings Service", a weekly e-mail that they send out, geared toward parents, so that they know what objectionable content might be in the movies available in their local multiplex.

Yesterday, the first e-mail went out -- and they botched it, badly.

They accidentally put the wrong "rating reason" on both Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and on Lady In The Water.

In both cases, whoever was typing them up simply gave them the same "rating reasons" as the movie above it on the list. Unfortunately, both of those movies were very R; respectively, a movie called "Shadowboxer", and "Clerks 2".

So they reported Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest as being rated PG-13 for "strong graphic violence and sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use".

Lady in the Water was reported as being rated PG-13 for "Pervasive sexual and crude content, including aberrant sexuality, strong language and some drug material".

15 minutes later, they sent out the e-mail again. There was no sign that a correction had been made; you had to read it closely to see that Pirates of the Caribbean had been changed to the proper rating reason.

Lady in the Water hadn't.

So I sent them an amused e-mail, letting them know it was still wrong. About 30 minutes later, they finally sent out a correct list, though without the word "correction" on it anywhere.

So any mothers out there, who just printed out the first list -- and assumed that the next two were just duplicates -- now must believe that Pirates features a bunch of naked, horny, violent pot smokers.

And that Paul Giamatti must be buggering the narf.


At 11:36 AM, Blogger Bill Cunningham said...

"And that Paul Giamatti must be buggering the narf."

He isn't?

Well then I'm not seeing it...

At 2:45 PM, Blogger MaryAn Batchellor said...

No, that's Keith Richards roll in POTC3. He'll be naked, horny, and stoned when he takes a violent plunge from a palm tree.

At 4:44 PM, Blogger Brett said...

"Buggering The Narf" sounds like a euphemism for something I'd rather not know about in the first place.

At 5:16 PM, Anonymous Joe Valdez said...

That sums up the MPAA for anyone just tuning in. The ratings board may not inspire the level of hatred that in-theater advertising does, but at the same time, they're just a political body. Someone has to show somebody else they're doing their job every once in awhile by handing down an NC-17. There's no more insight or intelligence coming out the MPAA than that. Great post last week on the PG-13ization of the movies, Scott. Keep these coming.

At 8:46 PM, Blogger Dave said...

After reading the history of the MPAA I was shocked.

As Joe said - they're just another political body subject to the bottom dollar or whomever is paying their bills.

Of course, they are better than the alternative - the Catholic Church censoring films prior to release.

At 5:28 AM, Blogger Chris (UK Scriptwriter) said...

I suppose no harm was done. As long as they don't give something like Clerks 2 a rating like Bambi :)


At 5:37 AM, Blogger Thomas Crymes said...

But if the church never censored films, inema Paradiso would have never been made, and that would have been a travesty.

At 5:38 AM, Blogger Thomas Crymes said...

inema = Cinema

At 12:19 PM, Blogger Formerly, The Dude Spoke said...

Buggering the Narf sounds like an awesome band name.

I want to use it in something, but I give full credit to Brett and Scott


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