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This Film Is Not Yet Rated -- Kirby Dick's expos� about the American movie ratings board.

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censorship, uncensored.
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Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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perhaps not the 'best', but surely my favorite documentary of the year thus far See more (100 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Kimberly Peirce ... Herself - Director of 'Boys Don't Cry'
Jon Lewis ... Himself - Author of 'Hollywood v. Hardcore'

David Ansen ... Himself - Film Critic at 'Newsweek'
Martin Garbus ... Himself - First Amendment Attorney and Filmmakers Representative at Appeals

Wayne Kramer ... Himself - Director of 'The Cooler'
Paul Dergarabedian ... Himself - Box Office Analyst

Kevin Smith ... Himself - Director of 'Clerks' and 'Jersey Girl'

John Waters ... Himself - Director of 'A Dirty Shame'

Matt Stone ... Himself - Producer of 'South Park' and 'Team America'
Richard Heffner ... Himself - Former Rating Board Chairman

Bingham Ray ... Himself - Co-Founder of October Films
Joel Federman ... Himself - Author of 'Media Ratings'

Kirby Dick ... Himself - Filmmaker and Interviewer
Jay Rosenzweig ... Himself - Private Investigator (as Jay)
Paul Huebl ... Himself - Private Investigator (as Paul)
Clark Baker ... Himself - Private Investigator (as Clark)

Becky Altringer ... Herself - Private Investigator
Cheryl Howell ... Herself - Private Investigator
Cookie Schwartz ... Herself - Private Investigator (as Cookie)
Lindsey Howell ... Herself - Junior Private Investigator
Jay Landers ... Himself - Former MPAA Rater
Stephen Farber ... Himself - Former MPAA Rater
Dottie Hamilton ... Herself - Author of 'Hollywood's Silent Partner (as Dottie Hamilton Phd)

Maria Bello ... Herself - Actress in 'The Cooler'

Mark Urman ... Himself - Head of U.S. Theatrical Thinkfilm

Allison Anders ... Herself - Director of 'Gas - Food - Lodging'

Mary Harron ... Herself - Director of 'American Psycho'

Jamie Babbit ... Herself - Director of 'But I'm a Cheerleader'
Joan Graves ... Herself - Rating Board Chairperson (voice)
Joann Yatabe ... Herself - Senior Rating Board Member

Darren Aronofsky ... Himself - Director of 'Requiem for a Dream'
Theresa Webb ... Herself - Southern California Prevention Research Center at UCLA (as Dr. Theresa Webb)
Michael Tucker ... Himself - Co-Director of 'Gunner Palace'
David L. Robb ... Himself - Author of 'Operation Hollywood'
Lawrence Lessig ... Himself - Copyright Attorney and Author
Anthony 'Tony' Hey ... Himself - Senior Rater
Barry Freeman ... Himself - MPAA Rater
Arleen Bates ... Herself - MPAA Rater
Matt Ioakimedes ... Himself - MPAA Rater
Jane Worden ... Herself - MPAA Rater
Scott Young ... Himself - Senior Rater
Howard Fridkin ... Himself - MPAA Rater

Atom Egoyan ... Himself - Director of 'Where the Truth lies'

Rachel Blanchard ... Herself - Actress in 'Where the Truth Lies'
Michael McClellan ... Himself - Appeals Board Member (as Michael Mcclellan)
James Wall ... Himself - Appeals Board Clergy Member since 1968

Eddie Schmidt ... Himself - Interviewer (voice)
Kirsten Johnson ... Herself - Interviewer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Javorn Drummond ... Himself - From Fayetteville N. Carolina (archive footage) (as SPC Javorn Drummond)
Will H. Hays ... Himself (archive footage)
Eric Johnston ... Himself - MPAA President for 1945-1963 (archive footage)

Richard Nixon ... Himself - Member of House Un-American Activities Committee (archive footage)
J. Parnell Thomas ... Himself - Chairman of House Un-American Activities Committee (archive footage) (as Jay Parnell Thomas)

Jack Valenti ... Himself - Founder of MPAA Rating System (archive footage)

Tom Brokaw ... Himself - 1978 TV Newscaster (archive footage) (uncredited)

Walter Cronkite ... Himself - 1968 TV Newscaster (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ann Curry ... Herself - 1999 TV Newscaster (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dan Rather ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Kirby Dick 
 
Writing credits
Kirby Dick  &
Eddie Schmidt  and
Matt Patterson 

Produced by
Alison Palmer Bourke .... executive producer
Nick Fraser .... executive producer: BBC Storyville
Megan Parlen .... associate producer
Eddie Schmidt .... producer
Evan Shapiro .... executive producer
Jessica Wolfson .... supervising producer: IFC
 
Cinematography by
Shana Hagan (director of photography)
Kirsten Johnson (director of photography)
Amy Vincent (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Matthew Clarke 
 
Art Department
Rita Valencia .... illustration: Joan Graves' picture
 
Sound Department
Doug Ball .... production sound
Nancy Barker .... assistant sound editor
Izak Ben-Meir .... production sound mixer (as Izak Ben-Mier)
Jason Blackburn .... production sound
Rick Brush .... production sound
Luciano Dias .... production sound
Aleksandr Gruzdev .... sound re-recording mixer (as Alex Gruzdev)
Alder Hampel .... sound editor (as Alder Hample)
Matt Hedges .... sound editorial coordinator
Eric Johnson .... production sound
Jacob Riehle .... sound editor
John Sember .... production sound
John Slocum .... production sound
Frank Smathers .... supervising sound editor
James Morioka .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Allen Kelly .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ulli Bonnekamp .... interview camera
Kirby Dick .... additional Verite camera
Bruce Dorfman .... interview camera
Volker Gläser .... interview camera (as Volker Glaser)
Stephen Hudnell .... interview camera
Gil Kofman .... additional Verite camera
Amanda Micheli .... interview camera
Matthew Mylander .... additional Verite camera
Allan Palmer .... additional director of photography
Megan Parlen .... additional Verite camera
Michael Parry .... interview camera
Eddie Schmidt .... Verite camera
Ben Wolf .... interview camera
 
Animation Department
Bil White .... animator: Ka-Chew!
 
Editorial Department
Robert Benedict .... assistant editor (as Bob Benedict)
Stephanie Hernstadt .... assistant editor
Allen Kelly .... colorist: Filmlook
Christine Khalafian .... associate editor
Mike Roey .... editorial project supervisor: Keep Me Posted
Simon Veredon .... high definition on-line editor: Keep Me Posted
Tricia Chiarenza .... color timer (uncredited)
Matthew Mylander .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dondi Bastone .... music supervisor
Zigmund Gron .... music editor (as Zig Gron)
 
Other crew
Steven C. Beer .... additional legal (as Steven Beer)
Lisa Callif .... production legal
Josh Coonrod .... production assistant
Cassie Destino .... additional production assistant
Michael Donaldson .... production legal
Joanne Dorn .... production accountant
D.W. Ferranti .... technical coordinator (as Dan Ferranti)
Mark Ferranti .... field production assistant
Jon-Peter Garzone .... field production assistant (as JP Garzone)
Barbara Gregson .... clip clearances: Miller-Gregson Productions
Kevin Hoyer .... field production assistant
Valerie Jaquith .... technical consultant
Tara Milch .... production intern
Nathalie Renard .... project supervisor: Ka-Chew!
Michael Sobo .... field production assistant (as Mike Sobo)
Marcella Swenson .... additional production assistant
Donny Tran .... additional production assistant
Kathryn West .... office production assistant
Bil White .... titles
 
Thanks
Sarah Allen .... the producers wish to thank
Susan Allenback .... the producers wish to thank (as Susan Allenbach)
Becky Altringer .... the producers wish to thank
Allison Anders .... the producers wish to thank
David Ansen .... the producers wish to thank
Gregg Araki .... the producers wish to thank
Roger Arar .... thanks: IFC
Darren Aronofsky .... the producers wish to thank
Jamie Babbit .... the producers wish to thank
Clark Baker .... the producers wish to thank
Doug Baldwin .... the producers wish to thank
Randy Barbato .... the producers wish to thank
Steven Beeman .... the producers wish to thank
Maria Bello .... the producers wish to thank
Tom Bernard .... the producers wish to thank
Andy Biench .... the producers wish to thank
Rachel Blanchard .... the producers wish to thank
Brad Bushman .... the producers wish to thank (as Dr. Brad Bushman)
Greg Cantwell .... the producers wish to thank
Brad Carlson .... the producers wish to thank
Jennifer Caserta .... thanks: IFC
Hugh Clarke .... the producers wish to thank
Meredith Clarke .... the producers wish to thank
Cathleen Colvin .... thanks: IFC
Meredith Cooper .... thanks: IFC
Anna Cordova .... the producers wish to thank
Michael Cuesta .... the producers wish to thank
Greg Curtner .... the producers wish to thank
Dane A. Davis .... the producers wish to thank (as Dane Davis)
Sharon Davis .... thanks: IFC
Angela Delabastide .... thanks: IFC
Dianne Dieli .... thanks: IFC
Michael Donaldson .... the producers wish to thank
Christina Donatelli .... the producers wish to thank
Dody Dorn .... the producers wish to thank
Lori Keith Douglas .... the producers wish to thank
Cristina Dowdell .... thanks: IFC
Atom Egoyan .... the producers wish to thank
Sophie Evans .... thanks: IFC
Robert Faber .... the producers wish to thank
Stephen Farber .... the producers wish to thank
Joel Federman .... the producers wish to thank
Jane Fitzgerald .... the producers wish to thank
Evan Fleischer .... thanks: IFC
Glen Freyer .... the producers wish to thank
Chad Gabriel .... the producers wish to thank
Sheila Galante .... thanks: IFC
Eddie Gamarra .... the producers wish to thank
Liz Garbus .... the producers wish to thank
Martin Garbus .... the producers wish to thank
Anne Garefino .... the producers wish to thank
Marcy Gerstein .... the producers wish to thank
Dawn Girocco .... the producers wish to thank
Ryan Gooden .... the producers wish to thank
Elektra Gray .... thanks: IFC
Jennifer Grega .... the producers wish to thank
Jill Haag .... the producers wish to thank
Dotty Hamilton .... the producers wish to thank
Andrew Hanges .... the producers wish to thank
Mary Harron .... the producers wish to thank
Dan Hassid .... the producers wish to thank
Kevin Hearst .... the producers wish to thank
Richard Heffner .... the producers wish to thank
David Heilbroner .... the producers wish to thank
Susan Heimbeinder .... the producers wish to thank (as Susan Heimbinder)
Marjorie Heins .... the producers wish to thank
Nancy Hennings .... thanks: IFC
Kathryn Himoff .... the producers wish to thank
Nancy Hirsch .... the producers wish to thank
Jed Horowitz .... the producers wish to thank
Cheryl Howell .... the producers wish to thank
Jennifer Howell .... the producers wish to thank
Lindsey Howell .... the producers wish to thank
Marcus Hu .... the producers wish to thank
Dawn Hudson .... the producers wish to thank
Paul Huebl .... the producers wish to thank
Rowell Huesmann .... the producers wish to thank (as Dr. Rowell Huesmann)
Rachel Kamerman .... the producers wish to thank
Tim Kelly .... the producers wish to thank
Robert Kessel .... the producers wish to thank
Albert Khalafian .... the producers wish to thank
Mimi Khalafian .... the producers wish to thank
Yvette Khalafian .... the producers wish to thank
Sam Kitt .... the producers wish to thank
Jeremy Klavens .... the producers wish to thank
Wayne Kramer .... the producers wish to thank
Kara Krupnick .... thanks: IFC
Jay Landers .... the producers wish to thank
David Laub .... the producers wish to thank
Ron Leone .... the producers wish to thank
Lawrence Lessig .... the producers wish to thank
Jon Lewis .... the producers wish to thank
Blake Leyh .... the producers wish to thank
Jeff Lipsky .... the producers wish to thank
M.J. Loheed .... the producers wish to thank (as MJ Loheed)
Craig Lucas .... the producers wish to thank
Jennifer MacLean .... the producers wish to thank (as Jennifer Maclean)
Doug Mankoff .... the producers wish to thank
Charles Mastropietro .... the producers wish to thank
Bud Mcdonough .... thanks: IFC
Michael Mclellan .... the producers wish to thank
Charlotte Mickie .... the producers wish to thank
Julie Miller .... the producers wish to thank
Karen Mock .... thanks: IFC
Claudine Mulard .... the producers wish to thank
Bob Myman .... the producers wish to thank
David Newman .... the producers wish to thank
Tom Ortenberg .... the producers wish to thank
Craig Parks .... thanks: IFC
Lainy Parlen .... the producers wish to thank
Matt Patterson .... the producers wish to thank
Kimberly Peirce .... the producers wish to thank
Lisa Penha .... thanks: IFC
John Petersen .... the producers wish to thank
Margaret Petersen .... the producers wish to thank
Janet Pierson .... the producers wish to thank
Mark Pogachefsky .... the producers wish to thank
Gina Prince-Bythewood .... the producers wish to thank
Bingham Ray .... the producers wish to thank
Kent Rees .... thanks: IFC
David L. Robb .... the producers wish to thank
Andy Robbins .... the producers wish to thank
Steve Rodhe .... the producers wish to thank
Howard A. Rodman .... the producers wish to thank (as Howard Rodman)
Bob Rosen .... the producers wish to thank
Jay Rosenzweig .... the producers wish to thank
Amanda Rykoff .... thanks: IFC
Kevin Sandler .... the producers wish to thank
Lauren Schalin .... thanks: IFC
Leon Schmidt .... the producers wish to thank
Cookie Schwartz .... the producers wish to thank (as MJ Loheed)
Jonathan Sehring .... the producers wish to thank
Anthony Seyler .... the producers wish to thank
Terilyn A. Shropshire .... the producers wish to thank (as Terilyn Shropshire)
Kevin Smith .... the producers wish to thank
Nathan Smith .... the producers wish to thank
Todd Solondz .... the producers wish to thank
Andrea Sperling .... the producers wish to thank
Gail Stanley .... the producers wish to thank
Alexandra Stone .... the producers wish to thank
Matt Stone .... the producers wish to thank
Paul Sturtz .... the producers wish to thank
Joe Swanberg .... the producers wish to thank
Kris Swanberg .... the producers wish to thank (as Kris Williams)
Fredda Tourin .... the producers wish to thank
Shannon Treusch .... the producers wish to thank
Michael Tucker .... the producers wish to thank
Mark Urman .... the producers wish to thank
Rita Valencia .... the producers wish to thank
George VanBuskirk .... the producers wish to thank (as George Van Buskirk)
Fred von Lohmann .... the producers wish to thank (as Fred Von Lohmann)
James Wall .... the producers wish to thank
John Waters .... the producers wish to thank
Theresa Webb .... the producers wish to thank (as Dr. Theresa Webb)
William Wheeler .... thanks: IFC
Nancy Willen .... the producers wish to thank
Lindsay Williams .... the producers wish to thank
Laura Wittern-Keller .... the producers wish to thank (as Laura Wittern-Keller Phd)
Rebecca Yeldham .... the producers wish to thank
Amy Ziering .... the producers wish to thank (as Amy Ziering Kofman)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated NC-17 for some graphic sexual content (rating surrendered)
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98 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Greece:K | Japan:R18+ | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:R21 | UK:18 | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:NC-17 (rating surrendered)
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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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John Waters:I also heard on A Dirty Shame - and I have no proof of this - that there were doctors involved... and that some of the kinkier terms, like felching and stuff, that they explained to the MPAA what felching meant. Now, I would like to have heard that because felching, no one has ever done felching. Felching is when you f*** someone and suck your own c** out of their a**hole. Well, I know a lot of perverts and I don't know anyone who's done that.See more »
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87 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
perhaps not the 'best', but surely my favorite documentary of the year thus far, 2 September 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Kirby Dick is a filmmaker I wasn't aware of before This Film is Noy Yet Rated, but now he is assuredly on my radar, if only for the determination in pulling off his main idea. Like Super Size Me, this documentary has a near-gimmick to it; Dick hires a private investigator in order to track down the anonymous "parents" who decide why a movie will be rated R over PG-13, and NC-17 instead of R. This even leads- more intriguingly- into the more deceptive group of appellant board members of the MPAA. So on the one hand the filmmaker has this extremely entertaining, guerrilla-style aspect to his film, with a hand-held camera in one moment in a fast-food place that draws attention to him, and detectives who will go to any length to get results. On the other hand he gets great interviews and clips and history about the film industry in the US and the near fascist style of the MPAA in relation to the several (corporite) studios.

As a film buff this film already had my interest long before I saw it. For too long the topic of film ratings have both infuriated and fascinated me. Much of what ends up going on with filmmakers's battles with the MPAA to get their R (and indeed the difference between millions of dollars in grosses) instead of an NC-17 is staggering. That Kirby Dick get such insight out of the insiders (two of which former MPAA people, and two who kept anonymous), filmmakers, business people, and other types within the industry, is a good help to add to the basic argument that there is some inherent problems with the current ratings system in the country. This is accentuated in comparisons between NC-17 and R rated sex scenes from other movies, and clips from films that received the NC-17- or close to it- and the inanities and problems filmmakers have to get their whole vision against people who, of course, are not that creative. There are issues of gay sex in movies, how violence is vs. sex in allowance in ratings, and in the end how big business (and religion) are behind the scenes if not pulling strings then giving complete influence.

All of this as a documentary ends up being pulled fantastically off, as it does at the core what a documentary mostly should- stir up conversation about the topic(s), and at the same time still being entertained to an extent. And Kirby Dick even has a slight Michael Moore tinge to him as he goes full-on after his subjects; one of which reminded me of Moore's own confrontation with Charleton Heston, as Dick puts himself in split screen with animated caricatures of his callers. But Dick also is smart enough to put such subject matter with good doses of humor. I loved the little animated explanation as to what each rating means (including dead orphan and Almodovar jokes), and as he revealed with a near relish the full facts on every member (most shockingly the appellate members). Even if you just have a casual interest in movies it should be worth your while, and especially if you're a parent- and try not to let the NC-17 rating deter you as it's in part just in spite of the mirror put up to the ratings board itself- it's especially prudent to see. It's got both tongue-in-cheek and dead-serious aspirations, and all the while making Jack Valenti look worse and worse. It's biased, to be sure, but for the right reasons.

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