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Dave White Profile

… life-affirming in its own weird way. Read full review

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  • 4.0

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Dick's strongest points are that these raters receive no training and are given no standards by which to judge movies. Experts in child psychology or media or social studies are not consulted. Nor are they allowed on the board. The days of counting F-words or pelvic thrusts need to end, and in the film's quieter moments, Dick makes this case compellingly.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    There is no question that the organization is a riveting subject for a film.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    In the ultimate test, Kirby submits this very documentary to the tender mercies of the MPAA. It gets slapped with an NC-17 for graphic content. He appeals. He loses -- ten votes to zip.

  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Has a bright, dishy spirit.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

Tracking the MPAA ratings board. Adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this documentary isn't for kids. It's comprised of frank discussions of sex acts and violence, as well as clips from feature films that were rated R and NC-17. Sexual images (all simulated for fiction films, that is, not porn per se) show intercourse, rear entry sex, three-way sex, and masturbation (including comic images like Jason Biggs' encounter with the apple pie in American Pie and Tracey Ullman's with a water bottle in A Dirty Shame). Clips also include violent images (bloody, explosive, aggressive, as well as a few seconds of the "Columbine cafeteria tapes," which show no violence but allude to the event). Language (in interviews and film clips) includes references to genitals and sexual acts, as well as discussion of the f-word's uses.

  • Families can talk about the functions of the MPAA ratings board. How does it serve different groups, including filmmakers/artists, studios/advertisers, and parents/viewers? How does its secrecy help it serve each of these groups differently? Does the ratings system constitute a form of censorship? How does the system affect profits, audience appeals, and awards? How are kids' interests affected by MPAA ratings? What changes have you noticed recently in the content parameters for films rated G, PG, and PG-13?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Private investigator seeks the identities of Ratings Board members by photographing and following them, as film argues the system is unfair and needs to be exposed.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Illustrative clips include bloody violence: shootings, explosions, chainsaw attacks, beatings, and stabbings.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Illustrative clips include sexual acts (homosexual and straight, masturbation, oral sex, etc.), close-ups of women's faces performing "orgasm" in fiction films; close-ups of body parts during sex; verbal descriptions of sex act (including masturbation and oral sex); verbal references to genitals and sex acts ("penis," masturbation," etc.).

  • language false5

    Language: Several instances of "f--k" and "s--t."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some cigarette smoking; references to drugs during interviews.