365 films in 2016: film 22 (This Film Is Not Yet Rated 2006)

ThisFilmIsNotYeatRated_Sep2006This Film Is Not Yet Rated is a film that’s gonna annoy you, but in a good way, the same way a documentary about the westboro baptist church or the kkk will annoy you because of how deluded and idiotic these people are.

Once you’re past the age of like 16/ 17 ratings for films or video games don’t really affect you so you never really think about it, but unfortunately they do affect filmmakers in a big way, if you get slapped with an NC-17 rating then you better be prepared to make half the money you were expecting to make, and good luck trying to get an explanation as to why you got that rating. The way the MPAA has tried to justify this over the last 50 years is by saying ‘if you don’t like it don’t make perverted movies’ which is the ultimate asshole answer, the problem with the board is they are a majority (and by majority I mean entirely) straight, white, Christian, conservative group of parents who would rather let their children see someone’s head blown off than let them see a part of the human body or any form of artistic expression with any level of depth to it.

One line that stuck with me after watching this film was from the director of Gunnar palace who got an R rating for his documentary about American soldiers at war because of ‘harsh language and drug use’. He said ‘you can’t rate reality, this is something people need to see. If you can’t deal with it, don’t go to war.’ And I really liked that, because I think the MPAA Embodies suburban conservative America perfectly, they think by ‘protecting’ their children from sexuality and the human body they are raising good kids, meanwhile their son is in his room buying guns online and planning on reacting a scene he saw in a Michael Bay movie. This Film Is Not Yet Rated is very satisfying and I loved the two private investigators they hired to help them though the documentary, and if anything it made me feel thankful for the European ratings boards that are more fair with their ratings. This Film Is Not Yet Rated is a great documentary that anyone interested in how the film industry works should watch, a definite 7/10.

In 2016 i will be watching 365 films (yes, i know there are 366 days this year) and writing about how I felt about them, I decided to do this just because over the last year or so i’ve Sort of pulled away from film and I wanna start to enjoy watching movies again. This will normally be just notes I made or thoughts I have about the film.


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