Have you heard of Deseret News’ new Family Media Guide? I LOVE it. You can look up a movie and see what the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rated it, and then see what it’s really rated according to people who have seen it.
Not surprisingly, a lot of movies rated PG-13 have been rated R by viewers, and quite a few movies rated R are only considered PG-13. The best example and a really hot topic right now is The King’s Speech (which has 12 nods for this weekend’s Oscars). It’s been rated R by the MPAA, but the majority of viewers on the Family Media Guide have rated it PG-13 and even PG.
Interesting. I haven’t seen it myself, but I know a lot of members that have, absolutely loved it, and were not offended at all by its content.
I think the website is great and I know I’ll be using it to judge which movies I put in my Netflix queue. (Wish I would have known about it before the last movie I rented that had my little bro blushing, a lot. Oops.) Right now it’s only in the beta stage, but the website will soon feature ratings for books, music, TV shows, and other media.
(We recognize that this post and poll relate only to U.S. movie ratings. For international readers, how do you apply the traditional "no rated-R movies" policy to your rating system?)
Ashley Evanson is the Online Editor at LDS Living. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves looking at design blogs, wishing she could be as hip as the people she reads about. Her favorite color is light tan.
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