MPAA ratings board to documentary: Go X yourself
A new documentary about the movie ratings board, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, has gotten the dread NC-17-- the current equivalent of the original X-- from its irritable subject. The official reason for the box-office kiss-of-death is that the film includes scenes from other films that were given the rating, or were cut to avoid it. Director Kirby Dick (whose name alone would have gotten it rated at least PG) claims that his film "deals with an insidious form of censorship resulting from a ratings process that has been kept secret for more than 30 years." It also questions the board's ratings decisions regarding violence and sex, and whether gay-themed films get more restrictive ratings.