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This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

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

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Kirby Dick
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kimberly Peirce ... Herself - Director of 'Boys Don't Cry'
Jon Lewis Jon Lewis ... Himself - Author of 'Hollywood v. Hardcore'
David Ansen ... Himself - Film Critic at 'Newsweek'
Martin Garbus Martin Garbus ... Himself - First Amendment Attorney and Filmmakers Representative at Appeals
Wayne Kramer ... Himself - Director of 'The Cooler'
Paul Dergarabedian 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 Richard Heffner ... Himself - Former Rating Board Chairman
Bingham Ray ... Himself - Co-Founder of October Films
Joel Federman Joel Federman ... Himself - Author of 'Media Ratings'
Kirby Dick ... Himself - Filmmaker and Interviewer
Jay Rosenzweig ... Himself - Private Investigator (as Jay)
Paul Huebl Paul Huebl ... Himself - Private Investigator (as Paul)
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Storyline

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.

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Documentary

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

This Film Is Not Yet Rated See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,785, 3 September 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$302,179, 17 December 2006
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The MPAA announced that starting in March of 2007, it will change their policy and allow filmmakers to cite other film's ratings as comparison. The MPAA will also provide information about the demographics of its board. See more »

Quotes

Greg Goeckner: No, I'm afraid we don't do that.
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The producers wish to thank "everyone at the IFC Center," "all the filmmakers with the balls to be in this film". See more »

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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Don't Cry
Written and Performed by Michael S. Patterson (ASCAP)
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Necessary viewing
24 January 2007 | by tomq5pSee all my reviews

Since the Hays Code, filmmakers have had a lot more freedom over the content of their films. However, the MPAA ratings board still does exercise a certain de facto censorship power. Most people do not realize this.

"This Film is not Yet Rated" exposes the arbitrariness, secrecy, and bias of the MPAA ratings board and makes the viewer question why movies receive the ratings they do.

Kirby Dick puts together a nice cross-section of directors and "talking heads" who discuss the MPAA ratings board's biases when it comes to realism, sex, violence, gay themes, and other taboo issues in films.

Dozens of major directors have had problems with the MPAA ratings board - they either received the NC-17 (or the old "X") rating or had to cut their films to meet the requirements of the ratings board. Some examples are: Kubrick, Tarantino, Lynch, Woo, Friedkin, Peckinpah, Aronofsky, and countless others.

This film exposes the fact that the ratings board is made up of people who are given NO criteria and NO training for rating films, so they basically use their own personal (and obviously heavily biased) judgments to decide what rating a particular movie should receive.

This is an important film because so few people realize how movies are rated in the U.S. Even fewer realize how problematic (biased, anti-democratic, non-transparent, not accountable) our system is.

It is also well put together, so it is easier to watch than most documentaries.

I would have liked to have heard more comparisons between the U.S. rating system and others worldwide, something that was only briefly touched upon.

9 out of 10


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