MPAA Film Rating

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Over the years, the Rating System has really become more and more popular. At the very beginning with Thomas Edison, there were not rating systems. Rating systems were not created until 1930. So, who knew what kind of films children were watching those days? The history and evolution of the Rating system can be explained in just a couple of different points. The few main points are the history of rating systems, the MPAA film ratings, the rating components, and the criticisms of rating systems. The first point of rating systems is the history behind it all. It all started when William Hays created the Motion Pictures Distributors Association of America. That is now known as MPAA. MPAA stands for Motion Picture Association of America. Starting…show more content…
In 1968, the modern movie rating system was brought to America. The movies were rated G, M, R, or X. Now days, we usually see the ratings as G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17. These came about in the late 1900s. G stands for General Audiences. This means that all ages are admitted. This rating is mostly for children who are brought to the movies by their parents. An example of a G rated movie is The Lion King. There is nothing in that movie that would offend anyone of any age. The PG stands for Parental Guidance Suggested. This means that some of the movie may not be appropriate for young children to see. Parents are advised to give “parental support.” A couple of examples of PG rated movies are Frozen, Minions, Inside Out, Shrek, Up, Home Alone, etc. The PG-13 stands for Parents Strongly Cautioned. This means that some of the material in the movie is not appropriate for kids under the age of 13. Some examples of PG-13 movies are Avatar, Titanic, The Hunger Games, Marvel’s the Avengers, Forest Gump, etc. The rating R stands for Restricted. Anyone who is under the age of 17 must have an adult or parent with them. Without an adult or parent, they will not be allowed to enter the movie. This is because some movies contain adult matter. It is a good idea for the parents to research information about the movie before showing their child it. Some examples of R rated movies are American Sniper, The Hangover, Beverly Hills

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