• Film ID:
  • 14206
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=100 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • America.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • English.
THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED (2006)
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Long the bane of American filmmakers the Motion Picture Association of America, the body that rates film content, is the target of this spot-on investigative documentary. The big questions raised are: 1) WHO are the anonymous 'raters', the so-called arbitors of American morality, and 2) why is there a distinct difference between how studio films are censored and how indie flicks are? Through interviews with indie directors such as John Waters, Kimberly Pierce, Atom Egoyan and Kevin Smith, we get to see by example the starkly contrasting standards between accepted levels of sexual vs violent images and even of heterosex vs homosex. If you're a film fan then these are questions you might have been asking yourself for a while and Kirby Dick's film sheds a bit of light on the answers. It might make you never watch a studio picture again though...which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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