When the Weinstein Co. won an R rating for Blue Valentine last week after objecting to its original NC-17, it was a signal that perhaps the industry's ratings board is easing up.
As one insider notes of the initial rating: The feeling was that they got it wrong with this one.
What the board's decision didn't do is instill any additional confidence in the NC-17 rating.
Ratings board chair Joan Graves admits moviegoers have a skewed perception of the NC-17 rating.
I do regret that it's treated as the pariah of the ratings system, she says. All we need is one popular NC-17 rating to take that scent away.
The board also contends with charges that it has a double standard when it comes to violence.
Graves says the org is taking steps to correct some of those issues. For instance, the MPAA plans to revisit its stance on horror pics, which have evolved considerably from spooky frights to torture porn.
I do think the R has a very big envelope for that genre, Graves admits.
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Update: On Second Thoughts...
16th December 2010. Based on article
Horror-Movies.ca sent an email to the MPAA in the wake of the story about 'big envelope for R rated horror.
Here's what came back from Vice President of Corporate Communications, Elizabeth Kaltman:
Because filmmakers don't want to accept the NC-17 they are squeezing as much as they can into the R. The Ratings Board does not treat genres differently. Ratings are assigned based on the content of a particular movie and taken on a
As far as any plans to change policy regarding horror films, we are always looking at ways to ensure the system evolves and responds to the biggest concerns of the day for parents. We have no changes in the works but are talking to
parents about what matters to them.