so i just saw this documentary called 'This Film Is Not Yet Rated'. it is about the MPAA, the association that decides what rating films get. going into it, i didnt think it was going to be that interesting. i was wrong. i found it to be really, really enjoyable.
the film really exposes the MPAA and you really learn what a corrupt & arbitrary system it really is. the interviews that they conduct are done very well. they also got several big names to talk with them, including john waters, kevin smith, darren aronofsky, matt stone, and several others.
i thought it was very interesting when matt stone was describing his experiences with the MPAA. when he made his independent film "Orgasmo" he turned it in to the MPAA for a rating. they got back to him and basically said, "the film is NC-17 and that's it.". he asked for details and what he could do to get an "R" rating. they told him that they didn't discuss why they give the rating, they just discuss what rating they decided on. several years later matt stone made "South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut". when they submitted it to the MPAA they got a totally different treatment. because this film was being released by a major corporate studio, the MPAA basically walked them thru step-by-step and told them what to change in order to get an 'R' rating. the only reason they were able to get this information is because they were working with a major corporate studio that was waiting to cash in on this film.
this documentary really exploits the MPAA and shows us how they effect the first amendment right of independent film makers. i am all for a rating system, just not one that is arbitrary and corrupt.
you should really see this...