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Open Up – It's the Filmmakers!
Kirby Dick raids the MPAA
"...Yet Rated, holds a magnifying glass up to former MPAA head (and perpetual Beltway insider) Jack Valenti's supersecret cabal..."

March 10, 2006 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Eighth Grade Screenings for Eighth Graders!
Bo Burnham's free screenings will highlight ridiculous rating
"...The MPAA's rating system is ridiculous. You know it, we know..."

Aug. 7, 2018 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

This Film Is Not Yet Rated
Everyone complains about the perceived shortcomings of the MPAA, Hollywood's movie-ratings board, but nobody does anything. Nobody, that is, until activist documentarian Kirby Dick.
"...Directed by: Kirby Dick. The MPAA – the Motion Picture Association of America: Everyone complains..."

Sept. 22, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

What If
In this romantic comedy, men and women sort out the differences between love and friendship.
"...from its original, catchier title The F Word (per MPAA edict), this Canadian romantic comedy is all gentleness –..."

Aug. 22, 2014 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Oldboy
Spike Lee maintains the shuddery, visceral punch of the South Korean original, but something gets lost in translation.
"...right by the story, or as right as the MPAA allowed him, but like so many Americanized versions of..."

Nov. 29, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Halloween II
Rob Zombie's sequel to his 2007 remake of the original Halloween features Michael Myers coming back to town to wrap up some family business.
"...contractual obligation, and, while gorehounds will rejoice that the MPAA has apparently rescinded all previous bylaws regarding ultraviolence in..."

Sept. 4, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Over the Hedge
Canny casting and a sly anti-consumerist message give this animated feature extra adult appeal, but like a lot of animated fare it’s overly busy and splashy.
"...air. I’m also sad to report that what the MPAA calls “mild comic action” is a sort of Acme-Laboratories..."

May 19, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Mysterious Skin
With this disturbing story about the lingering affects of child sexual abuse, Gregg Araki creates a film that is psychologically rich, emotionally haunting, and technically superior to anything he has ever done.
"...it would have received an NC-17 rating by the MPAA board. The film’s content is adult – and for..."

July 1, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead
Romero has again crafted a character-driven horror film that doubles as a metaphor for the economic disparity in America and, to a lesser degree, the war on terror.
"...of course, slathered to the jugular with some seriously MPAA-challenging gore effects, courtesy of KNB EFX Group (late of..."

June 24, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

SXSW Film Festival Reco 2002
"...in mind that virtually none of these films have MPAA ratings guidelines). And stay tuned to austinchronicle.com for additional..."

March 8, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

SXSW Film Festival 2002
"...in mind that virtually none of these films have MPAA ratings guidelines). And stay tuned to austinchronicle.com for additional..."

March 8, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Center of the World
"...thought process but little payoff. Instead of accepting the MPAA's NC-17 rating which would have prevented them from advertising..."

May 4, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Wizard of Oz
Follow the yellow brick road.
"...was meant to be seen. (But even though the MPAA has doled out a G rating for this new..."

Nov. 6, 1998 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Mangler
"...this pointless exercise in tweaking the suits at the MPAA ratings board serves only to show how much gore..."

March 10, 1995 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Explain the Ratings
"...as my values do not perfectly align with the MPAA's vision for our society, I'd rather know why each..."

Jan. 13, 2017 Postmarks

The Buzz Heard 'Round the World
"...between projects), and discussed Chainsaw, true-life horrors of the MPAA, and the new wave of Hollywood horror films. Hooper..."

Oct. 30, 1998 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Once Upon a Deadpool
Deadpool is back ... and he brought Fred Savage with him
"...can only use fuck so many times before the MPAA gets all bent out of shape...."

Dec. 14, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

This Panel Is Not Yet Rated
The MPAA casts a long shadow over filmmaking
"...of parents giving information to parents." She praised longtime MPAA President Jack Valenti for replacing 45 localized ratings bodies..."

March 15, 2013 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Time to Grind
What happened at this morning's Grindhouse Q&A?
"...- He doesn’t expect too many problems with the MPAA (although the fake trailer for Eli Roth’s non-existent movie..."

March 11, 2007 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Waters' Edge
"...JW: Well, the MPAA [ratings board] doesn't even know what that means. Dick..."

Aug. 27, 1999 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Babylon
Four decades later, this gritty and earnest recounting of black British life keeps all its power
"...Babylon's long-delayed release (it was denied an MPAA rating back in 1980) comes as black cinema has..."

April 5, 2019 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Red Sparrow
Erotic spy thriller is Fifty Shades of Gorky Park.
"...would be a little on the nose for the MPAA, so we get Red Sparrow. Honestly, torture might be..."

March 2, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Edge of Seventeen
Teen dramedy gets the growing pains right
"...history teacher.) On the subject of the f-word, the MPAA gave this movie an R rating, presumably because there’s..."

Nov. 18, 2016 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
YA dystopia franchise continues in this sub-par sequel
"...the mind that the puritan parade that is the MPAA gave a PG-13 rating to this film’s legitimately horrific..."

Sept. 18, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Wes Craven, Philosopher of Terror
Remembering the horror innovator
"...at New Line Cinema intervened and explained to the MPAA the one thing that Craven had forgotten to spell..."

Sept. 5, 2015 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines
Jonathan Stickland annoys his colleagues
"...This is generally a myth, and, for example, the MPAA has historically been far less forgiving toward independent films..."

May 8, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Interview
See how a goofy comedy can spark an international incident.
"...voices of Hollywood trade associations like NATO and the MPAA; the unprecedented release of a major studio film through..."

Jan. 2, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Let's Be Cops
Friends pose as cops are are mistaken for the real thing; episodic hijinks ensue.
"...been finished for a while now, having landed its MPAA rating months ago and been the subject of an..."

Aug. 22, 2014 Movie Review by William Goss

The AggreGAYtor: December 20
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
"...The MPAA has slapped an “R” rating on a mild romantic..."

Dec. 20, 2013 Qmmunity Post

Evil Dead
Fans of the original horror trilogy have nothing to fear from this gory new reworking.
"...how some of what transpires passed muster with the MPAA evaluators...."

April 5, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

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