There are plenty of movies out there and some have more content than others. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)Â is dedicated to classifying movies based on their content.Â The R- rating means that kids under the age of 17 are not allowed to enter the theater unless they have a parent/ guardian with them. Yet many people are asking, should kids be allowed to see R-rated films?
The MPAA system was first created on November 1, 1968 according to MPAA.org. It contained G- General audiences admitted, PG- Parental Guidance Suggested, R- Restricted, and X- Adults only. The PG-13 rating was addedÂ to distinguish movies too explicit for young kids, but okay for teens. Yet in the past few years kids have been pushing for admittance into R-rated movies.
Many people have been arguing that there is more explicit sexuality and language online than in a big percentage of R-rated films. Others say that R-rated films may expose kids to aspects of the world that might help them better cope with negative things in life. Another argument for R-rated movies states that plenty of R-rated movies like Frost/Nixon and The King’s Speech,Â only contain brief strong language andÂ are not that harmful for kids. Yet there are plenty of arguments against kids andÂ R-rated films too. Some psychologists say that R-rated films could lead to under-age drinking and increased violence.
Common Sense Media is a site dedicated to family security and protection. Their website breaks down movies better than the MPAA, breaking movies down by evaluating adult content with positive things for kids and presents it for parents to look at. The issue will get tossed around a lot,Â but I believe what kids can handle is subjective to the people who watch it.