MPAA's Glickman Urges Support for NC-17 Rating

In a move perhaps prompted by the success of, and publicity surrounding, last year's "This Film is Not Yet Rated," Variety reports that MPAA chairman-CEO Dan Glickman met with filmmakers and studio executives in Sundance (check out our coverage) on Monday, both to express support for the board's rarely-used NC-17 rating, and to announce the appointment of a liaison to help answer questions and add transparency to the ratings process.

The timing was appropriate, given that the day before, The Weinstein Company and Lionsgate purchased the rights to "Teeth," which the article describes as "a dark comedy about a girl who has teeth in her vagina."

At a press briefing after the meeting, Glickman told reporters:

"We are going to talk about this with the Directors Guild of America and the National Association of Theater Owners ... It's one of our ratings, and I'd like to see it used more."

The NC-17 rating, which was intended to help the commercial prospects of films too graphic to obtain an R, has largely failed to escape the stigma associated with the X rating.

Comments

dagreenman18

Brian Lorenzo

Teeth. in a Vagina? that would hurt. hopefully she's really ugly.

Jan 23 - 05:43 PM

FILMCZY

First Last

I love how the sponsored links for this movie are for dentists! I bet some dentist would LOVE to have a client with teeth down yonder...

Jan 29 - 12:08 PM

Bane Of Anubis

C M

The rate of suicide in the already fragile dental population would soar :)

Jan 29 - 01:08 PM

rustdog

Rusty Baldwin

Don't lie guys you're curious?

Jan 23 - 06:29 PM

FireflyFan4evr

Steven Johnson

the MPAA is still pointless and deserves to be shut down and/or shot. they ruin potentially great films.

Jan 23 - 07:25 PM

bigcfk

Con Man

i was talking about that the other day
no idea it was a movie

ironic

Jan 23 - 07:47 PM

Now it's dark

Kirby K

As long as they protect from evil naked people, and encourage all the gore and violence possible, I think they will stay relevant in god fearing America.

Jan 23 - 08:56 PM

synergyred

Nancy Elizabeth

I think you're my hero right now. :) I was just going to say something like that

Jan 24 - 08:29 AM

mizzoucritic

Sean Ludwig

I think this sounds promising. Valenti wouldn't get behind the NC-17 rating and now Glickman is at least talking about it.

Thank you Kirby Dick.

Jan 23 - 09:47 PM

Pilgermann

Michael Warren

Perhaps this will give Zemeckis a chance of getting an NC-17 version of BEOWULF into IMAX theaters. Yay!

Jan 23 - 11:19 PM

FILMCZY

First Last

Oh look who's liberal now! The MPAA? Sure they will "encourage" more NC-17 films but newspapers STILL will not run the ads , theatre chains STILL will not book the films and Blockbuster Video STILL will not stock NC-17 dvds so what good is all this "encouragement"?

Jan 24 - 07:29 AM

RuSH-

Kris Kares

I dont know where you live but my theater runs NC-17's and who goes to Blockbuster???

Jan 24 - 07:33 AM

High School With Money

LEEEROOOOOAAAAHHHH MMMYYAAAANKEEEUUUNNNNSSSS

Well, bully for [i]your[/i] theater, but that's quite the exception from the norm. And suprisingly, more than a few nitwi... people still go to Blockbuster. I know. Shocking.

What does making the rating "transparent" really mean? Giving theaters/advertisers spelled-out excuses for not showcasing adult films? Unless a hit film is made with an NC-17, this rating is dead.

Jan 25 - 09:38 AM

synergyred

Nancy Elizabeth

I think you're my hero right now. :) I was just going to say something like that

Jan 24 - 08:29 AM

Aqueryan Reloaded

Andrew Bosma

It's been a long time coming. Far too many films that are deserving of an NC-17 rating end up as an R due to some minor cosmetic 'surgery.' Theater chains and film studios need to stop looking at NC-17 strictly in terms of potential lost profits. But of course, in a capitalist society that's tantamount to heresy. Which is why - as usual - it requires a grassroots push to really get the ball rolling in terms of meaningful reform that does not make short-term fiscal sense.

Jan 24 - 09:56 AM

mojodaddy

joe fish

Wow. Vagina Teeth. Just........wow.

Haha I just read the synopsis for the movie and they describe her condition as "vagina dentata"

Jan 24 - 03:34 PM

High School With Money

LEEEROOOOOAAAAHHHH MMMYYAAAANKEEEUUUNNNNSSSS

Well, bully for [i]your[/i] theater, but that's quite the exception from the norm. And suprisingly, more than a few nitwi... people still go to Blockbuster. I know. Shocking.

What does making the rating "transparent" really mean? Giving theaters/advertisers spelled-out excuses for not showcasing adult films? Unless a hit film is made with an NC-17, this rating is dead.

Jan 25 - 09:38 AM

EJones216

Eric Jones

I've seen some excellent films recently that made me question why the MPAA pretends the NC-17 category exists- mainly "The Descent". Ever since I heard about the excised ending for the US release, I knew it was just an excuse to release an unrated DVD a few months later, because what was remaining certainly wasn't R.

Canada, Australia and the UK all have their equivalents and are doing just fine with them. But the difference between them and us (talking from USA) is that we're the only ones who can really get away with releasing films without ratings. ...and we all know about the utterly ridiculous amount of Unrated DVDs we have today. It's safer, because most video chains will carry them, and they reportedly sell better- recently, Bertolucci's "1900" dropped its NC-17 rating attained 13 years earlier for VHS release, and became yet another Unrated DVD.

The category's there, and both video stores and theater chains have posters or otherwise displays telling us about each individual rating including NC-17. I'd definitely like to see it used like any other rating, but it's just not bound to happen despite "encouragement". There needs to be more than that.

Jan 25 - 02:47 PM

Bane Of Anubis

C M

Perhaps if they applied the rating to movies with excessive gore instead of ones with overt sexuality the rating would become more acceptable. But that means they'd have to think straight and that'll never happen.

Jan 29 - 07:54 AM

High School With Money

LEEEROOOOOAAAAHHHH MMMYYAAAANKEEEUUUNNNNSSSS

If that happened, then the watchdog advocates would pounce and they would scream for governmental/religious intervention.

Roger Ebert talked about how the MPAA should institute a new rating with specific definitions as to what an "adult" film is. I'm afraid this too would fail due to having to trust in that organization to form a coherent definition of "adult" while not inadvertantly tilting the economics of the film industry.

Jan 29 - 10:53 AM

High School With Money

LEEEROOOOOAAAAHHHH MMMYYAAAANKEEEUUUNNNNSSSS

If that happened, then the watchdog advocates would pounce and they would scream for governmental/religious intervention.

Roger Ebert talked about how the MPAA should institute a new rating with specific definitions as to what an "adult" film is. I'm afraid this too would fail due to having to trust in that organization to form a coherent definition of "adult" while not inadvertantly tilting the economics of the film industry.

Jan 29 - 10:53 AM

FILMCZY

First Last

I love how the sponsored links for this movie are for dentists! I bet some dentist would LOVE to have a client with teeth down yonder...

Jan 29 - 12:08 PM

Bane Of Anubis

C M

The rate of suicide in the already fragile dental population would soar :)

Jan 29 - 01:08 PM

Bane Of Anubis

C M

The rate of suicide in the already fragile dental population would soar :)

Jan 29 - 01:08 PM

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