Blockbuster -- UNBELIEVABLE "parental consent" stickers

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  1. Tom Meyer

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    Ok, I saw this the other day when using a 2for1 coupon at Ballbuster and was amazed at HOW ignorant they are. First, they had the "PARENTAL CONSENT REQUIRED/no one under 17 " sticker on "Ponette" ... Ponette !!! Give me a break. They also had the "PARENTAL ADVISORY" sticker on "After Life" !!!

    Geez, two of the most touching, real movies to come out in years and they ignorantly slap stickers on them that will prevent 99.99% of people from even considering them. With Ponette, the sticker will probably lead people to believe it's some sort of kiddie porn. I have no idea why they put stickers on either film, they obviously didn't watch them (yes, I know this is probably a corporate decision). If there are two films I'd WANT my 7-12 year old girl cousins to see, it'd be "Ponette" and "After Life". "Ponette" is even rated for 7 year olds in Spain. Sheesh.
     
  2. Mark Pfeiffer

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    There's a very simple and stupid answer to this question. Everything that is unrated is treated the same way. So essentially G rated material receives the warning label that softcore material does. At least that's what I noticed years ago when I last walked into a Blockbuster.
     
  3. SteveGon

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    I love corporate inanity!

    Tom, nice sig!
     
  4. Ted Todorov

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    While I ought to share your outrage, especially because I love Ponette and think that it is a great film for and about children, I have a question instead.

    Why do you guys continue to patronize Blockbuster? Judging from the numerous Blockbuster bashing threads on HTF it is almost universally hated. Yet HTF members keep using it.

    Long before the advent of DVD or HTF for that matter, Blockbuster was widely known for their promotion of censorship. I have never given Blockbuster a single dollar, nor will I in the future. Instead of continually complaining about it, just rent/shop elsewhere!

    Ted
     
  5. Joshua Clinard

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    I agree with TED! Stop Going to BlockBuster.
     
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  8. Bob McElfresh

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    I dont like BB, but there are parents out there who wont let their children see the Harry Potter movie because it deals with witchcraft/magic.
    You NEVER want to be on the wrong side of showing things to children that their parents might find objectionable. My children have un-restricted access to the rental stores because that is my choice.
    But when Rocky Horror came out on DVD and became my daughters favorite disk, I embarassed her by phoning friends parents before letting her show it to friends. No parent ever objected, but they all were gratefull that I checked with them first.
    So I dont really have a problem with extra warning labels. It's much better than carrying "edited for content" titles like they used to do.
     
  9. DavidS

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    why should this surprise anyone? Blockbuster has always been out of their minds.
     
  10. Ted Todorov

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  11. Chuck L

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    At our local Blockbuster here in Rock Hill, SC, they have one of these lovely stickers on "Creature From The Black Lagoon." Come on!

    I am noticing though lately at the rash of DVD's that they are getting in from secondary companies, meaning not major studios, that are unrated. It is complete utter BS that if it is a major label release, you can't find it there...but some little movie group...yeah. It is okay.
     
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