Hi everyone. This is a short "essay" where I expose some things I recentlyfound out about the Province of Quebec's movie rating system in order to demonstrate how the MPAA sucks ass. To do this analysis, I'm using the movie that led me to my findings.
So, a month or so ago, I saw Rush:
Then, after seeing the movie, I went and checked its rating.
The MPAA rates it R for Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use
Quebec's rating board (which is legally binding and government managed, unlike the MPAA) rated it...G
My initial reaction was "What the fuck is going on!" Why was this movie, which has intense accident, brief nudity, and foul language G while superhero mvoie are usualy rated PG here.
So, you know what I did? I called! Yep, that's it, I just call the rating board for explanations. And they called me back! I can already see people used to the MPAA going "Transparency? WTF!"
So, why did Quebec rate Rush G? Here is why
- The nudity in the movie was mostly people getting out of bed naked or naked in the shower. The rating board consider this to be everyday life, and somethings kids have a good chance to be exposed in the house - who hasn't seen daddy go to the bathroom butt naked? Nudity is inappropriate for children in sexual or violent context, not in general.
- There was no "direct" violence in the movie, which is the #1 criteria to get a PG rating. What I mean by that is that there was no people shooting or punching each other except for a single scene in the third part of the movie. There was no fight, no combat. Most of the violent and intense scenes were accidents, which doesn't have the same meaning as direct fighting.
- The accident themselves, while intense, where deemed no worse than the goverment-produced ad against speed and drunk driving that can be found on most tv channel iin the province at every hour:. Here is one:
That means the rating bureau deemed that children were already going to be exposed to such image, so no need to prevent them to see the film.
- The only sticking point thus was the language - since foul language is harder for kids to get than violence and sexuality, and older kids are more affected than younger kids, it made no sense to push the rating higher for that. (There is also an issue of dubbing taken into consideration here)
So, here you have it - how trained professionals sate movies - on a case by case basis, and with great attention given to what exactly kids are opposed to. Now, if you have any question, please ask. Also, tell me - in contrast to the process I have detailed, do you think the MPAA does a good job, considering the cultural difference between USA and Quebec? Would you have rated Rush R, PG-13 , PG, or G?
Last but not least - did you find this an interesting read, or a waste of time?