In all honesty the "R" card is not a bad idea. Of course it has it's positive and it's negatives, just like anything else in the world. What the person in Ebert's column didn't mention is that the card is designed for those thirteen to sixteen in age. It's not like the theater is going to hand some eight year old a card to see R rated films without their parent.
That would also be really fucked up if a theater let an eight year old see an R rated film alone.
A positive thing about the card is that parents who believe their teenagers are mature enough to see an R rated film can go see it without the parents having to tag along. I was a mature ten year old when my mom subjected me to see Dawn of the Dead
, Day of the Dead
, and The Evil Dead
trilogy in one night. Hell, my mom took me to R rated films all the time when I was a pre-teenager/teenager and did I misbehave or talk in the movie theater? No. Should I have been allowed to even see an R rated movie? Well, that was my mom's call and she was cool with it. And if it wasn't for American Pie
, I wouldn't know about sex when I was 13.
[Note from Matthew Chmiel: And we all know that the MPAA is bullshit. I have seen numerous R rated films which should've have been PG-13 and vice versa. Now if we only had Canada's rating system.
But back to the topic at hand... in the past few years, I have been able to buy tickets to R-rated films because the theaters here in Vegas simply don't care. Since I've turned 17, I have only been carded when I saw Dreamcatcher
, the Matrix
sequels, and The Girl Next Door
. Theaters don't care as long as they're making money. They'll sell a ticket to who wants one, and I'm fine with that because screw the MPAA. The MPAA isn't mandatory, remember that. Most theaters will let anybody in. ANYBODY.
And to all of you HTF members who have problems with teenagers and/or children misbehaving or talking during the movies, you really need to go to the movies on a more regular basis. Like some of those losers in the HTF 2004 Film List.
Out of the hundreds of times I've been to the theaters in the past three years, the problems don't usually lie with kids (the exception to this rule is when I see family fare like Finding Nemo
and The Prince and Me
), it usually lies with adults.
Whenever I have seen a person answer a cell phone in the theater, it's someone in their twenties or thirties, never a teenager. Whenever I have heard a person talk during a film, it's usually an older person. Especially when I go see an indepedent film or an R rated film (AHA!). Some old couple will be sitting in the middle of the theater providing commentary on what is going on and who is saying what in the film. That or they'll be fighting with their bag of popcorn or their bag of candy (like when I saw Envy
the other day... friggin' old people
If people want to ban the teenagers from seeing R-rated movies then I want to ban those senior citizens from going to the theater. The problem with people misbehaving at the movies doesn't lie with teenagers, it lies with everybody. Mostly people who are completely lacking and are devoid of common sense.
[Note from Matthew Chmiel: Yes, I know most people in this country lack common sense and parental skills, but we won't bring that up in this thread.
| IMO, it's just another way for lazy parents to avoid one more of their parental responsibilities. |
I agree with you Craig and I disagree with you. What about teenagers who were like myself when I was in that age? I was a film junkie back when I was 13. Am I not allowed to see R rated movies cause a few others around my age act like schmucks when they go see a movie? Some people who are teenagers, believe it or not, do have common sense.