Tuesday, May 4, 2010

This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Kirby Dick


An independent documentary about the Motion Picture Association of America's rating system and its effect on American culture since it acts as a means of censorship, affecting distribution and the potential for advertisement. The film discusses disparities in ratings and feedback: between Hollywood and independent films, between homosexual and heterosexual sexual situations, between male and female sexual depictions, and between violence and sexual content. Furthermore, Dick used a private investigator to unmask the identities of the ratings and appeals board members, whose identity is kept secret, and showing that the composition of these boards did not comply with the public assertions of the MPAA. The MPAA gave the original cut of the film an NC-17 rating for "some graphic sexual content": scenes that illustrated the content a film could include to garner an NC-17 rating. Kirby Dick appealed, and descriptions of the ratings deliberations and appeal were included in the documentary. The new version of the film is not rated. The film is also known for another controversy: the MPAA, a longtime bastion of anti-piracy, admitted to making unauthorised duplicates of a digital copy of the film that was provided to them for the purpose of obtaining an MPAA rating, despite having assured Dick that no copies would be made.


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