My eye rolling muscles are working overtime as I contemplate the new decision by the MPAA to push movies with smoking toward an R rating. As if the ratings weren't already useless enough, now we're going to slap an R rating on a movie when it features something that my kids see their friendly neighbor doing on his front porch? Oh, brother.
Are they doing the same with drinking alcohol? I have all four collections of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection. (That's 16 DVDs in total -- over 24 hours of cartoons.) A lot of those old cartoons include smoking, drinking (or drunk people), slapstick violence, and even racial stereotypes. So, these people are saying that I let my 4-year-old watch R-rated stuff.
With the incredible amounts of filth that the MPAA allows into PG and PG-13 rated films, the smoking thing seems just a bit over the top.
Smoking gets an R? The next thing generating an R will be if the movie plot contributes to global warming.
It's hard to take any ratings at face value. I think the reviews in the newspaper that depict what elements each movie has are much better at helping me form my opinions, almost regardless of ratings.
I saw this, and my first thought was, we can see people getting hot and heavy in the bed room on a PG-13, we can listen to people talking crudely to each other on a PG and a PG-13, but so help me someone lights up and that is too dangerous for my children of all ages. Thanks MPAA for saving our children from harm.
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