Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
First Official Look: Jared Leto As The Joker In 'Suicide Squad' First Official Look: Jared Leto As The Joker In 'Suicide Squad' Joss Whedon Says He Earned More Making 'Dr. Horrible' Than 'The Avengers,' Weighs In On Marvel Vs. DC Joss Whedon Says He Earned More Making 'Dr. Horrible' Than 'The Avengers,' Weighs In On Marvel Vs. DC Tom Hardy Met Mel Gibson And Made Him A Bracelet, Says Michael Fassbender Was "The Sh*t" In School Tom Hardy Met Mel Gibson And Made Him A Bracelet, Says Michael Fassbender Was "The Sh*t" In School Native Actors Walk Off Set Of Adam Sandler's 'Ridiculous 6' Over Disrespectful, Insulting Script Native Actors Walk Off Set Of Adam Sandler's 'Ridiculous 6' Over Disrespectful, Insulting Script Watch: Johnny Depp Rages As Whitey Bulger In First Trailer For Gangster Tale 'Black Mass' Watch: Johnny Depp Rages As Whitey Bulger In First Trailer For Gangster Tale 'Black Mass' Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' And More Added To Cannes Film Festival Lineup Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' And More Added To Cannes Film Festival Lineup First Look: Johnny Depp Goes Gangster In As Whitey Bulger In 'Black Mass' First Look: Johnny Depp Goes Gangster In As Whitey Bulger In 'Black Mass' Watch: Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway, Michael Fassbender And More Talk The Art Of Acting Watch: Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway, Michael Fassbender And More Talk The Art Of Acting Review: Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Starring Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson & More Review: Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Starring Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson & More Watch: Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, And More Talk The Art Of Filmmaking Watch: Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, And More Talk The Art Of Filmmaking Christopher Nolan's Favorite Sequence From His Movies Is The Airplane Kidnapping Scene From 'The Dark Knight Rises' Christopher Nolan's Favorite Sequence From His Movies Is The Airplane Kidnapping Scene From 'The Dark Knight Rises' Joss Whedon Calls Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' "The Best Script Marvel Ever Had," Warns Of Serialized Moviemaking Joss Whedon Calls Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' "The Best Script Marvel Ever Had," Warns Of Serialized Moviemaking The 41 Most Anticipated Movies Of Summer 2015 The 41 Most Anticipated Movies Of Summer 2015 Watch: First Teaser For 'Star Wars: Rogue One,' Plot Details Confirmed Watch: First Teaser For 'Star Wars: Rogue One,' Plot Details Confirmed Martin Scorsese's List Of 85 Must-See Films Martin Scorsese's List Of 85 Must-See Films The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki

MPAA Grants PG-13 To 'Philomena' As New Report Shows PG-13 Movies Are More Violent Than R-Rated Films

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 13, 2013 at 4:59PM

While Harvey Weinstein is already claiming a "victorious" battle with the MPAA—today the trade association ruled they will overturn the R-rating previously stamped on "Philomena"—one has to wonder if there are larger forces at play. No, we're not talking about the terribly unfunny Funny Or Die video featuring Judi Dench as M and Steven Coogan (visibly embarrassed) as a special agent tasked with taking on the ratings board (oddly, the video has since been yanked, and we wonder if the folks who own the rights to the James Bond character had signed off on it...).
2
Philomena

While Harvey Weinstein is already claiming a "victorious" battle with the MPAA—today the trade association ruled they will overturn the R-rating previously stamped on "Philomena"—one has to wonder if there are larger forces at play. No, we're not talking about the terribly unfunny Funny Or Die video featuring Judi Dench as M and Steven Coogan (visibly embarrassed) as a special agent tasked with taking on the ratings board (oddly, the video has since been yanked, and we wonder if the folks who own the rights to the James Bond character had signed off on it...).

Instead, we're talking about the recent report that PG-13 movies are actually more violent than those stamped with an R-rating. A recent study from the Annenberg Public Policy Center and Ohio State University (via The Guardian) found that gun violence in PG-13 movies has tripled since 1985, when the rating was first introduced. And while in 2009, the violence in PG-13 movies more or less matched those found in R-rated fare, by 2012 it exceeded them. Of course, considering the ratings system is in place to protect children or values or something, this is pretty shocking news... unless you've been watching how the MPAA operates for the past few years.

The shady group, whose members are largely unknown to the public, tend to skew conservative and generally give the thumbs up to violence over language ("Philomena" got an R because of two instances of the word "fuck"—shocking!) or sex (show a nipple and you pretty much get an R-rating). But recent years have seen increasing criticism of the ratings system, and this new report won't help perception that the MPAA are increasingly out of touch. 

Anyway, feel free to bring your grade school cousin with you when "Philomena" opens on November 27th.

This article is related to: Philomena


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates