Tue, 23 November 2010
For November 22, 2010. Twenty years ago today, the city of Kissimmee, Florida put a new proposed ordinance to a vote. If passed, theaters could not sell tickets for movies with the new NC-17 rating to minors. I talk about the fate of that proposal, and offer a history of the MPAA's rating system for movies as well as two other ratings systems -- for video games and TV shows -- which have been instituted in the last twenty years.
For a look at the politics behind the MPAA's system as well as its unwritten rules, I highly recommend This Film Is Not Yet Rated (which was itself originally rated NC-17 but surrendered that rating in favor of being released unrated).