This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

NC-17  |   |  Documentary  |  1 September 2006 (UK)
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Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herself - Director of 'Boys Don't Cry'
Jon Lewis ...
Himself - Author of 'Hollywood v. Hardcore'
Himself - Film Critic at 'Newsweek'
Martin Garbus ...
Himself - First Amendment Attorney and Filmmakers Representative at Appeals
Himself - Director of 'The Cooler'
Paul Dergarabedian ...
Himself - Box Office Analyst
Himself - Director of 'Clerks' and 'Jersey Girl'
Himself - Director of 'A Dirty Shame'
Himself - Producer of 'South Park' and 'Team America'
Richard Heffner ...
Himself - Former Rating Board Chairman
Himself - Co-Founder of October Films
Joel Federman ...
Himself - Author of 'Media Ratings'
Himself - Filmmaker and Interviewer
Jay Rosenzweig ...
Himself - Private Investigator (as Jay)
Paul Huebl ...
Himself - Private Investigator (as Paul)


In a rare and refreshing reversal of roles, filmmakers put the powerful Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA for short) under the microscope for inspection in Academy Award-nominated director Kirby Dick's incisive look at stateside cinema's most notorious non-censoring censors. Compelled by the staggering amount of power that the MPAA ratings board wields, the filmmaker seeks out the true identities of the anonymous elite who control what films make it to the multiplex. He even goes so far as to hire a private investigator to stake out MPAA headquarters and expose Hollywood's best-kept secret. Along the way, Dick speaks with numerous filmmakers whose careers have been affected by the seemingly random and sexual-content obsessed judgments of the MPAA, including John Waters, Mary Harron, Darren Aronofsky, Kevin Smith, Matt Stone, and Atom Egoyan. Written by Anonymous

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censorship, uncensored.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for some graphic sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 September 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Afti i tainia einai akatallili  »

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$37,785 (USA) (1 September 2006)


$302,179 (USA) (15 December 2006)

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Michael Cuesta, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Terilyn A. Shropshire were also interviewed for this film. Their footage is featured as supplemental material on the DVD. See more »


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4 April 2006 | by (Syracuse, NY) – See all my reviews

This movie is informative, but also funny and clever and kind of mind-blowing. It's not for the faint of heart because it contains quite a bit of graphic footage to illustrate the point that the ratings board is totally arbitrary (in fact, one former board member says there is absolutely no training or standards -- you come in on your first day and start to rate movies). That may seem not to matter, but it matters quite a bit to the film makers whose films are being rated and several appear in the film and make very strong arguments for why the rating their film received was unfair. There are also interviews with several other people (like a free speech lawyer) who add context to Kirby Dick's expose. This really is a must see for anyone who cares about movies and it's a lot of damn fun too.

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