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MPAA to rate smoking in films?

MPAAScreen.jpgThe MPAA has admitted that for the first time smoking in films is going to be taken into account when giving the films a rating.

The comment from the MPAA CEO Dan Glickman reveals the reasoning:

"...the rating board chaired by Joan Graves will now consider smoking as a factor -- among many other factors, including violence, sexual situations and language -- in the rating of films...Clearly, smoking is increasingly an unacceptable behavior in our society. There is broad awareness of smoking as a unique public health concern due to nicotine's highly addictive nature, and no parent wants their child to take up the habit. The appropriate response of the rating system is to give more information to parents on this issue."

The story comes from The Hollywood Reporter.

Oh I'm torn on this one. There's the side of me that agrees with what he's saying, and then the other side that thinks that this could be a thing end of a wedge moment. Should we include drug takingin the criteria? Alchoholic drinking? Anti-social behaviour? Fast driving? Dangerous stunts? Moralistically dubious behaviour?

If we hide something in society does it make us feel like we're doing something about it?





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I'm all about the smoking threads on this site :)


"Should we include drug takingin the criteria? Alchoholic drinking? Anti-social behaviour? Fast driving? Dangerous stunts? Moralistically dubious behaviour?"

I think the MPAA DOES take these things into account. I know the drug thing for sure.

Little Children is rated "R" for: "some disturbing content."

They are pretty vague as it is, so if they want to include smoking... fine. I couldn't care less what a movie is rated anyway. If it looks good, I'm going. Though I'd say the ratio of "good" PG-13 movies to the number of "good" rated R movies is pretty high.

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