What are your thoughts on movies ratings? Do you even look at them? Now if you have read the “Why Progressive Listening” part of this blog, you know how I feel about finding truth. I believe all truth is God’s truth and sometimes that can be found in the darkest of places. See, I love film, I love a good story, and I love trying to find truth in everything. In a weird way I see God in many of the movies I see, no matter what the rating.
Just out of curiosity, I wanted to see what others thoughts were on the lines that they draw when it comes to movies. I remember hearing all the time, “well its R but its only for violence,” as if that wouldn’t affect someone at all. I remember the first rated R movie I saw with my parents permission, Saving Private Ryan. Now I wasn’t 17, but for some reason that didn’t matter for this film. Of coarse I had seen other rated R movies before, my parents didn’t know about it though!But I know people who are way over 17 and refuse to watch a movie if it is rated R, usually a Christian, unless it was The Passion. Watching Jesus being brutally murdered was ok, because it was Jesus.
Personally, I tend to not pay too much attention to the ratings of movies. I am not saying that if you do you are close minded or anything, I just like good movies. Mind you, I have seen some movies that I wish I never had, but I feel that is a risk I am willing to take.
I recently was asked to attend a screening of a major motion picture that is coming out this summer that wasn’t rated yet. After the film I had to fill out a 2 page questionnaire, pertaining to the material of movie. I believe they were trying to get a PG-13 and wanted to see if it was possible based on our opinions. I would tell you the name of the movie, but I would probably go to jail! Its was great though!!
Random Fact: There wasn’t a PG-13 rating until after the reaction by parents from seeing Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and the movie Gremlins!
But I want to hear your thoughts. Where do you draw the line? What is your reasoning? Do you think the rated system is skewed? Should Christians watch rated R movies?
Here is an interesting video on this topic: