I have watched documentary called This Film Is Not Yet Rated. Basically this documentary outlines how secretive MPAA about who are actually rating films, as well as biased decision of rating, particularly between R and NC-17.
I always thought NC-17 is reserved for highly pornographic contents, but this documentary persuaded me that would not be the case. It appears to be line between R and NC-17 are very thin.
As my vouch to support free expression, I think I will be focusing little more on Not Rated and NC-17 movies. (though most of movies are edited to meet their R rating as NC-17 titles are pretty much kicked out from normal marketing and retailing chains…)
Don’t get me wrong, though, I’m not totally against idea of rating, but I have been always disturbed by highly biased rating on anything. In my opinion, all rating systems, as far as I know are all defective. It is perhaps easier than ever now we can skip draconian retailers and just market directly to people who are tired of biased rating systems. Ratings may be good guideline, but it shouldn’t be used as an instrument to regulate what on the market. If you don’t like what you see, just turn away from it and don’t patronize it.