Isaac Rambles about Ratings

So, it’s Spring Break for Isaac. Week one of a month full of nerdy releases. I still haven’t seen Logan, and I haven’t gotten around to playing—or even buying—Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

So, I guess I’ll talk about something Logan-related at least: film ratings.

The big selling point for Logan was that it is a hard-R Wolverine, as opposed to the PG-13 Wolverines we’ve been getting for the past seventeen years. So, in this regard, film rating is important, since it reflects the content.

But, does it, though? People have been pushing the limits of what PG-13 means. PG-13 includes everything from Star Wars: The Force Awakens—fairly tame—to The Martian—two f-words, with dozens more implied—and The Hobbit Trilogy—the last of which almost earned an R-rating.

And PG movies are becoming more and more of a gamble. Alice in Wonderland and Tangled were released in the same year, 2010, effectively by the same company, and got the same rating, despite one having eye-gougings and decapitations and the other having Vladimir, who collects ceramic unicorns. (*Ding*)

PG seems to be the new standard for kids movies, actually. Moana? PG. The LEGO Batman Movie? PG. How to Train Your Dragon? PG. The G rating is starting to go by the wayside. Likewise, PG-13 is becoming the new PG. Remember when Star Wars movies were PG? Yeah, me too.

It seems ratings have boiled down to just three, instead of the original five. (Those being the MPAA ratings of G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17; though this used to be the original four, as PG-13 was added for a middle ground between “kids can watch it” and “we need to card the audience.”)

To be honest, I don’t really look at ratings anymore. Sure, I’ll keep them in mind, but many go without saying. Deadpool isn’t for kids, Logan isn’t for kids, Rogue One isn’t for kids, Doctor Strange isn’t for kids, The LEGO Batman Movie isn’t for kids, very little if anything is kid-friendly and I can defend that.

So, what’s the purpose of a rating these days? That’s just it. It’s a rating. It’s an agreement made by a group of people about who a movie is best suited for. I can give a rating for a movie just as easily as the MPAA; the MPAA is just the standard, and I would be a little biased.

Who knows. Maybe this is nothing. What are your thoughts?


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