How 'PG-13' neutralized the discriminating teen's movie-going experience: Exhibit Bby Kintners-raft | created - 14 Aug 2012 | updated - 15 Aug 2012 | Public
This is part deux, a companion piece, to 'Exhibit A' - a previously posted list supporting the theory alluded to in the title. If you are intrigued by the idea(s) presented here, it may behoove you to investigate the aforementioned list first. [link]http://www.imdb.com/list/GYNNL6qtpB0/[/link]
Contained herein is a list of PG-13, U.S. films released in the first ten years of the inclusion of said rating. I believe all of these teenage-targeted movies suffered greatly as a result of the existence and subsequent obtainment of a PG-13 rating. Of course I have no knowledge of the original script nor the visionary intent of the writer(s) and director but wholeheartedly believe that, had PG-13 not been available, these movies would have been made for a more astute, mature audience. Although it is completely subjective to believe all or most of these films could have been significantly better had they been released as an R-rated production, it is clear from their subpar, IMDb user-rating that each was lacking the necessary qualities for a memorable movie-going experience. I openly acknowledge that some of the movies listed below may have been dreadful regardless of target audience.
This is a carefully selected list of titles that simply have a plot/storyline that seems more suitable for young adults or should have been better given the talent and seemingly diluted mature subject matter.
Thanks once again for considering my point-of-view and respecting the fact that I know my opinions and theories are difficult to substantiate. I enjoyed assembling this demonstration and (hopefully) presenting something more than just a register of "movies I like/dislike."
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1. Smooth Talk (1985)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
A free-spirited 15-year-old girl flirts with a dangerous stranger in the Northern California suburbs and must prepare herself for the frightening and traumatic consequences.
Votes: 1,405 | Gross: $0.02M
2. Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
A bitter ex-husband and a put-upon momma's boy both want their respective former spouse and mother dead. Who will pull it off?
Votes: 29,308 | Gross: $57.92M
3. The Sure Thing (1985)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A college student plans a cross-country trip to get laid, but ends up traveling with a young woman. They hate each other, so naturally...
Votes: 16,956 | Gross: $18.14M
5. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen.
Votes: 112,873 | Gross: $36.20M
6. Crimewave (1985)
PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror
A pair of whacked-out cartoon-like exterminator/hitmen kill the owner of a burglar-alarm company, and stalk the partner who hired them, his wife, and a nerd framed for the murder, who tells the story in flashback from the electric chair.
Votes: 4,497 | Gross: $0.00M
8. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama
A bored suburban housewife, seeking escape from her life, suffers amnesia after an accident, wakes up, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan.
Votes: 18,074 | Gross: $27.40M
9. Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, History, Western
The story of the Apache chief and his armed resistance to the U.S. Government's subjugation of his people.
Votes: 7,445 | Gross: $18.64M
10. The Big Picture (1989)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Film school grad Nick Chapman thought his career was made after his award winning short film, but discovered Hollywood wasn't as easy as it seems.
Votes: 4,135 | Gross: $0.12M
11. The Glass Shield (1994)
PG-13 | 109 min | Crime, Drama
Two cops: one black and the other female, become compelled to act against corruption and discrimination within their police precinct.
Votes: 3,029 | Gross: $3.31M
12. American Flyers (1985)
PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Sport
Sports physician Marcus persuades his unstable brother David to come with him and train for a bicycle race across the Rocky Mountains. Marcus doesn't tell David that he has a brain aneurysm... See full summary »
Votes: 5,001 | Gross: $1.40M
13. Cherry 2000 (1987)
PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
In 2017, a successful businessman travels to the ends of the earth to find that the perfect woman is always under his nose. He hires a sexy renegade tracker to find an exact duplicate of his android wife.
14. Soapdish (1991)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
An ambitious television soap actress connives with her producer to scuttle the career of the show's long-time star, but nothing works as they plan.
Votes: 12,660 | Gross: $36.49M
15. Pretty in Pink (1986)
PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy.
Votes: 63,036 | Gross: $40.47M
16. School Ties (1992)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama
Set in the 1950s, a star-quarterback is given an opportunity to attend an elite preparatory school but must conceal the fact that he is Jewish.
Votes: 19,728 | Gross: $14.72M
18. Permanent Record (1988)
PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Music, Romance
When David Sinclair, a popular and talented high school student commits suicide, his best friend Chris takes over many of his responsibilities; from the school production of "H.M.S. ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,603 | Gross: $1.89M
19. He Said, She Said (1991)
PG-13 | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Dan and Lorie are journalists working in the same office. More often than not they have opposing view of the issue in question. Deciding that this is hot stuff, a television producer gives ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,466 | Gross: $9.80M
21. Biloxi Blues (1988)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
A group of young recruits go through boot camp during the Second World War in Biloxi, Mississippi. From the play by Neil Simon.
Votes: 12,845 | Gross: $43.18M
23. Dirty Dancing (1987)
PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance
Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.
Votes: 162,469 | Gross: $63.95M
25. Light of Day (1987)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Music
The siblings Patty and Joe Rasnick live in an industrial suburb in Cleveland, Ohio. While Patty is focused on their rock band, The Barbusters, Joe also cares for the family and the ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,167 | Gross: $10.49M
26. Memphis Belle (1990)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, War
In 1943, the crew of a B-17 based in UK prepares for its 25th and last bombing mission over Germany before returning home to the USA.
Votes: 24,454 | Gross: $27.44M
29. UHF (1989)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
An unemployed visionary becomes the manager of a local public station. The station becomes a success, with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor.
Votes: 22,892 | Gross: $6.16M
30. Thousand Pieces of Gold (1991)
PG-13 | 105 min | Romance, Western
In 1880's China, young Lalu is sold into marriage by her impoverished father. Rather than becoming a bride, Lalu ends up in an Idaho gold-mining town, the property of a saloon owner who ... See full summary »
Votes: 479 | Gross: $0.72M
31. The Cowboy Way (1994)
PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
As they visit New York, a pair of cowboys have to become unlikely heroes when their friend is kidnapped.
Votes: 6,908 | Gross: $20.28M
33. Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel (1991)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Right after Disneyland opens in Anaheim, California, in 1955, a toy salesman in town for a convention brings his wife with him so they can both go to Disneyland. They stay at a rundown ... See full summary »
Votes: 276 | Gross: $0.00M
35. Let It Ride (1989)
PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Action
A nosy cab driver gets a hot tip on a race horse and wins big, but he can't seem to stop gambling. Will he go broke or walk home with a pretty penny?
Votes: 4,493 | Gross: $4.97M
36. Men at Work (1990)
PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Two garbage men uncover a conspiracy involving illegal toxic waste dumping and decide to bring the whole operation down.
Votes: 19,963 | Gross: $16.25M
37. Farewell to the King (1989)
PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told... See full summary »
Votes: 2,351 | Gross: $2.42M
38. Singles (1992)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A group of twenty-something friends, most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle.
Votes: 24,733 | Gross: $18.47M
39. Metropolitan (1990)
PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A group of young upper-class Manhattanites are blithely passing through the gala debutante season, when an unusual outsider joins them and stirs them up.
Votes: 8,107 | Gross: $2.94M
40. In the Mood (1987)
PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance
Based upon the true story of "Sonny" Wisecarver. In 1944, Sonny made headlines nationwide due to his affairs with 2 older adult women. (ie. He was so irresistible, that he was a danger to ... See full summary »
Votes: 800 | Gross: $1.00M
41. Batman Returns (1992)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy
When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.
Votes: 240,292 | Gross: $162.83M
42. Red Sonja (1985)
PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A vengeful woman sets out to retrieve a magic orb from an evil queen whom she vows vengeance upon after the evil queen slain her family and her loyal warriors raped her.
Votes: 33,824 | Gross: $6.95M
43. Ed and His Dead Mother (1993)
PG-13 | 93 min | Horror, Comedy
A mourning son makes a deal to reanimate his one year dead mother, however things turn into an unexpected direction.
Votes: 1,529 | Gross: $0.00M
49. Life Stinks (1991)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy
A filthy rich businessman bets a corporate rival that he can live on the streets of L.A. without the comforts of home or money, which proves to be tougher than he thought.
Votes: 8,245 | Gross: $4.10M
50. That Night (1992)
PG-13 | 89 min | Drama, Romance