This may be off topic, but Im not sure where to ask this... How does the Motion Picture Association of America decide what rating to give to movies? I mean, what makes a movie R, or PG-13, etc? Some illogical things that have made me curious are: Titanic has a pretty lengthy nudity scene in it, yet its PG-13. Scary Movie has a male ejaculation scene, female pubic hair, and several penis shots, and it rated R, yet Robocop was at risk of being X rated because of 15 seconds worth of extra violence? Heres a puzzler, the original Planet of the Apes is rated G, yet it has blood and violence in it, the word "Damn" several times, and several male butt scenes. I would have imagined it would have been at least PG (I know PG-13 didnt exist in 1968). A couple others, is nudity nowadays the only thing that can get a movie an NC-17 rating? I mean, if foul language could do it, then Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back should have more than made it NC-17 as I dont think ANY children should see that movie. Also, whats so wrong with an NC-17 rating? I know the X rating failed, but in my opinion, if the MPAA wants to be fair, they should come up with a standards thats easy to follow and STICK with it. Sometimes movies are rated R and you wonder why? I mean, some R rated films just puzzle me, like Stand By Me. I mean, yes, there is quite a bit of foul language in it, but thats it. No real violence, no nudity or sexual innuendo. Maybe it was the shot of the dead boy. I mean, even though that movie isnt exactly PG material, I think it would hit home to any 12-15 year old boy watching it, and I dont think that it should be rated R. Anyone know of a website where the rules are explicitly laid how how a movie can get an R or PG13 rating? Or is it all bribery?