At some time in your life, you probably have been prohibited from watching a movie either by a doorman at a movie theater or by your parents, simply because of the rating. I have to say, I never really paid attention to how films were rated, or who was behind the rating process, until viewing This Film Is Not Yet Rated. This independent documentary, distributed by Netflix, IBC Films, and BBC Films, looks to unveil the truth behind the Motion Picture Association of America’s rating system, through personal interviews and undercover investigations. The main characters starred (Kirby Dick, Jack Valenti, Becky Altringer) all provide their unique and personal opinions of the MPAA and film rating process. This Film is Not Yet Rated is a mentally and energetically engaging documentary that helps answer questions previously unknown to the public.
This independent documentary was released on September 1, 2006, after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. The original cut of this film received a NC-17 rating; however after an appeal, the new version was “not rated”.
The setting of the documentary is real-life locations that are mostly shot in the daytime. Personal interviews in the film are shot while the subject(s) were seated in personal office rooms or outdoors. Most of the undercover investigations, fueled by Becky Altringer, Kirby Dick, and Lindsey Howell were shot around MPAA office building surroundings, and nearby locations and restaurants in Los Angeles. At times, different film techniques, such as hidden cameras were employed to prevent them getting caught and to suggest the practicality and confidentiality of the investigation. The film intermittently transitions to show different scenes from movies that were under scrutiny by the MPAA ratings board, such as “Team America”, “The Cooler”, “The Dreamers”, etc.
We follow Kirby Dick and his team (Becky Altringer and Lindsey Howell) in a private investigation to unveil the identities of the...
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