Thursday, February 08, 2007

Interesting movie rating site

Basically instead of just using a single rating to score a movie (as far as PG, PG-13, etc) they use three seperate numeric scores (from 1 - 10) to rate a movie.

They do a breakdown of Sex&Nudity, Violence&Gore, and Profanity. For each section they break down exactly where they got their number from.

So for example, The Messengers is scored as 3.7.3. Where Shrek's a 3.4.3 They tell you exactly why they came to each number.

So far from looking through it it seems to be a valid concept as long as you do some research into their scale. 3 is VERY low on their scale. The Messengers got a 3 for Sex&Nudity simply for two things:

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A teenage girl wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage and low-slung pants that reveal bare back to the hip and a hint of buttock cleavage.
► A husband unsnaps his shirt, makes a sexually suggestive remark to his wife ("I've been reading the Farmer Sutra") and they kiss. A husband and wife kiss.
Now while for some of us this may seem a bit extreme, its all in context. Go find a movie with an 8 or 9 in Sex&Nudity and you're probably looking at a full on orgy with both male and female full nudity in it.

The main thing here is that by specifically showing where they get their numbers from (breaking down each point) Parents can be better informed exactly what's in a movie and how this PG-13 film is different then that PG-13 film for example. Anything that can give parents more information to BE better parents is something certainly going in the right direction to me.

Especially since it doesn't seem that they have an agenda of any type. But who knows with sites nowadays.




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