Changes hinted in movie rating system

From the March 4, 1984, Deseret News There's no question that the ratings system has become more and more relaxed over the years, with gore, violence, sex, nudity, profanity and...

John Hughes makes a %*[#!! point

From the Nov. 22, 1987, Deseret News One of the problems with modern movies is that writers and directors seem to have lost the art of subtlety. Anything goes . . . so anything goes. ...

National reaction to the new PG-13 rating

From the July 8, 1984, Deseret News I've had my say about the new PG-13 rating but you might be interested in the thoughts of some national figures on the new interim rating that...

Naughtiness is running rampant on silver screen

From the June 11, 1999, Deseret News Does anyone care that in the new "Austin Powers" movie the word "shag" does not refer to a knotty rug but a naughty act? The film, of course,...

Ratings board inconsistent when it comes to expletives

From the April 24, 2012, Deseret News Movie ratings are all about content, or so the people who administer them would have us believe. It's not supposed to matter what the story, theme...

The old 'Psycho' gets a new rating

    Left to right, the original "Psycho" poster; the poster for a 1969 reissue with the "M" rating, the equivalent at the time of what is now PG; the back of a recent DVD...

 

The movie rating system is an ever-evolving behemoth that no one understands, including me, though I have tried over the years to make sense of it. I hope my book "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind?" helps, but along with that are these columns past and present that have attempted to shed light on the subject, along with excerpts from past reviews and interviews that offered reflections on the ratings.