“This Film is Not Yet Rated” completely changed the way I viewed the MPAA and the movie rating system. I never realized all the kinds of things that directors and producers have to do in order to get their movie to fit the MPAA guidelines. I mean, we do need some form of MPAA because viewers want to know a little of what to expect when they watch this movie, but how heavy-handed the MPAA can get is just out of control. Plus, the MPAA forces us to live by their morals. The rule that really stuck out to me was the homosexual/heterosexual rule. What if I’m homosexual? I’m going to notice that very few movies have homosexuality, and further more, soft sex scenes like a lot of R-rated heterosexual movies do. I think that by them shoving their morals down our throats it’s kind of unfair to the viewer. It’s like they are saying we can’t think for ourselves.
As for a rating system for books, I’m completely opposed to that idea. I think that books are the purest form of entertainment. They rely solely on language, which allows us to interpret it however we please, and more importantly, they make us think. It is literally impossible to read without thinking, which isn’t true for TV and movies. To give books a rating system would keep us from reading so many books, just the way the R-rating kept me out of so many movies as a kid. Not only that, but authors would have to cheapen the meaning or lose some necessary bits so that they would meet the rating system. That’s just a terrible idea, the same way it is for directors to have to cut things out that, sometimes, could add a huge message to a movie. The rating system is clearly flawed. Let’s never bring it to the world of books.