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"Raters are kept secret to protect them from influence." --Joan Graves, Head of the MPAA
"Because of the internet, most teenagers have seen more hardcore porn than their parents. What, you think they're doing their homework up there?" --John Waters
"The MPAA uses fear of government censorship to stay in control." --Dotty Hamilton, Phd.
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This film explores the history and details of the highly secretive and obscenely powerful Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA. Director Kirby Dick kicks the movie off with an explanation of the individual ratings (G, Pg, R, NC-17) and a lively montage of some censored scenes from other controversial movies. Then a history of the ratings board is given, which was initiated from the infamous Fatty Arbuckle scandals which tainted Hollywood with stories of under age sex and drug use. There are numerous interviews with directors of films that have been subject to the whims of this covert group, as well as film critics, authors, actresses, a box office analyst, a First Amendment Attorney, and even some former ratings board members. Frustrated with the lack of transparency in a system that affects the artistic vision of any film released in America, Dick hires a private investigator to find out just who these people are. The exploration of the ultimate censorship that these rating impose continues with case by case accounts from the likes of Kevin Smith, John Waters, Matt Stone and many more. Parallel to the interviews is the ongoing investigation by the P.I. using hidden cameras, clever subterfuge, and even raiding a ratings board member's garbage can with thrilling results. A cogent analysis of rating tendencies puts light on the discernment that the board makes between sex and violence, homosexual versus heterosexual content, and treatment of the United States military. As an audacious climax the director submits this very film to be rated and engages in the Orwellian appeals process.
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