I remember the first time that the descriptions for preview ratings started getting really absurd in how specific they were. The film is “Blue Crush” (surfing movie with Kate Bosworth) which was rated PG-13 for teen partying and a fight. I think it’s nearly reached a point where the preview rating can be counted as a spoiler. For example Martin Scorsese’s film “The Aviator” is rated PG-13 for “Thematic elements, sexual content, nudity, language and a crash sequence.” Great, now we know he crashes his plane during a scene and it’s violent to some degree.

The other stupid thing is that you could have all these reasons for different ratings. I shudder to think of parents who won’t let their child see a film because it has “thematic elements, violence and language” despite it having a PG rating. Obviously PG violence is different from an R rated violence. There are some other descriptions that are dumb by virtue of the fact that you’re not going to be able to decide to see the movie because of the content or a lot of people won’t know what the description means. My favorite of that type is “The Medallion” a really bad Jackie Chan film rated PG-13 for “Action violence and some double entendre.”

I have a comic similar to this later talking about video game ratings.


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