(Continuing from Part 1)
The movie rating system gets a lot of criticism – most of it deserved. However, it also gets prematurely dismissed as unhelpful and irrelevant.
It’s not irrelevant. A movie’s rating – even if it is just a highly subjective label from a panel of people you’ve never met – still presents information about that movie.
There is a big difference between a PG movie and a NC-17 movie, for example, even when the boundaries of each individual rating may be a little vague. Border-cases where people say “that should (or should not) have gotten an R” miss the fact that those are still the exceptions, not the rule. Movie ratings still provide some basic information about content that would be missed if the rating system didn’t exist. [Read more...]