This Film is Not Yet Rated


1h 37m 2006

Brief Synopsis

The MPAA, a lobbying organization for the movie industry, maintains a rating system first implemented in 1968 by longtime president Jack Valenti. This system, with its age based content classification using letter grades G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 (formerly X), has become a cultural icon. But behind

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Documentary
Interview
Release Date
2006
Distribution Company
IFC Films/Netflix

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m

Synopsis

The MPAA, a lobbying organization for the movie industry, maintains a rating system first implemented in 1968 by longtime president Jack Valenti. This system, with its age based content classification using letter grades G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 (formerly X), has become a cultural icon. But behind its simple fa├žade is a censoring process kept entirely secret. Board members are anonymous; deliberations are private; standards are seemingly arbitrary. Thus, the trade organization for the largest media corporations in America also keeps a trademarked lock on content regulation over our most unique and popular art form. Filmmaker Kirby Dick asks whether Hollywood movies and independent films are rated equally for comparable content; whether sexual content in gay-themed movies is given harsher ratings penalties than their heterosexual counterparts; whether it makes sense that extreme violence is given an R rating while sexuality is banished to the cutting room floor; whether Hollywood studios receive detailed directions as to how to change an NC-17 film into an R, while independent film producers are left guessing; and finally, whether keeping the raters and the rating process secret leaves the MPAA entirely unaccountable for its decisions.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Documentary
Interview
Release Date
2006
Distribution Company
IFC Films/Netflix

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 2006

Released in United States January 2006

Released in United States March 2006

Released in United States on Video January 23, 2007

Released in United States Summer September 1, 2006

Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival ('Round Midnight) March 10-18, 2006.

Picked up to production for the 2006-2007 season.

BBC acquired British broadcast rights at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

Scheduled to air in USA on IFC Network in Fall 2006.

Released in United States 2006

Released in United States January 2006 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Premiere) January 19-29, 2006.)

Released in United States on Video January 23, 2007

Released in United States March 2006 (Shown at South by Southwest Film Festival ('Round Midnight) March 10-18, 2006.)

Released in United States Summer September 1, 2006