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This Film is Not Yet Rated
Kirby Dick’s insight into the people behind the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is eye-opening if not downright shocking. Where the film lacks in pace (it’s a documentary after all) it makes up with in what it uncovers. Typically documentaries have an idea of where they are going but in This Film is Not Yet Rated, you are literally along for the ride as Dick tries to hire private investigators to break into the world of the people of the MPAA.
DVD Review: This Film is Not Yet Rated
With a tighter noose on its employees than the CIA, the MPAA is notorious for forcing filmmakers to cut scenes from their movie in order to lose an unwanted NC-17 rating, without so much as telling the filmmaker who it is that is coming up with this decision.
You can’t help to feel a little sorry for the MPAA screeners as Dick and his private investigator go rummaging through trash at the side of someone’s house in order to find their identity. But when you realize that the whole thing stinks to high heaven of one organization (the studios) benefiting and profiting from their tight knit relationship with the MPAA, you realize that it is all about rich people making rich people richer.
Hearing the trials and tribulations of such director’s as Kevin Smith and John Waters takes you into the world that you never see: How a movie gets its rating. What we find is the MPAA’s less than sensical manner in which it gets to that decision.