Violence is fine, sex is not


Explanations on the different ratings


More on the private investigation bit on the MPAA members

This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

The MPAA gave the original cut of the film an NC-17 rating for “some graphic sexual content”: scenes that illustrated the content a film could include to garner an NC-17 rating. Kirby Dick appealed, and descriptions of the ratings deliberations and appeal were included in the documentary. The new version of the film is not rated.

NC-17 is a film rating of the United States film industry used to denote films “No One 17 And Under Admitted” (18 and older ONLY). These films contain excessive graphic violence, sex, aberrational behavior, drug abuse, strong language, or any other elements which, when present, most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children and teens. NC-17 does not necessarily mean obscene or pornographic in the oft-accepted or legal meaning of those words. The Board does not and cannot mark films with those words. These terms are legally ambiguous, and their interpretation varies from case to case.

(A little) more on film censorship and banned films and more on Censorship in the United States.

5 thoughts on “Violence is fine, sex is not

  1. nursemyra

    will there be any aberrational behaviour on offer if I come to belgium?

    (am feeling pleased with myself today. I bought a pristine copy of “Leon Morin, pretre” for $4.00….mmmmm jean-paul belmondo….)

  2. SoulFunkLifestyles

    Been hip to Jahsonic’s website for years. Particularly enjoy its breakdown of underground dance music culture. Just got hip to the complimentary blog. Would you believe just minutes ago (LOL)? Will check it more thoroughly.

    Question: How would you define the word ‘culture’ in one sentence, no more than two?

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  3. jahsonic

    Hi Mr SoulFunk,

    Glad to have you here.

    Your culture question is difficult.

    The first thing that popped into my head is:

    “Culture refers to all utterances – whether tangible or intangible – that a group wishes to preserve rather than forget.”


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