Originally Posted by oink
I am getting tired of this whining
about the lack of "R" rated films.
I really don't mind any rating *as long as it's consistent with the movie itself, its context, and is respectful of its audience*. Remember that Jaws was PG! What would the MPAA do with a movie like Jaws in 2013?
I've seen The Conjuring, which is rated 13+ in Canada, and frankly, I don't understand why it got an R in the U.S. Having said that the film works at the box office so it does prove that there's a adult audience out there who wants to see movies and who doesn't need "toned-down" crap, which is why we call ourselves 'adults' after all
The most important thing of course is the quality of the movie, regardless of its rating, but when they cut scenes, color blood in black, or remove "violent sequences" because the studio has to make sure the largest audience can go see it, then the quality of the movie suffers.
When you remake Robocop, you better get it right with the proper amount of blood and violence, otherwise it won't work.
People have not got dumber over the years or since Jaws, but the MPAA and some studio execs have.
Yet more R-rated films have been released lately, and in most cases they are/were successful. Maybe, hopefully, that will help the MPAA understand a thing or two about american audiences, and R-rated doesn't mean toilet humor only.