Do we really need the G and R Ratings in movies anymore? -

Kari Kamiya

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As someone who has worked in movie theaters, we didn't give a solitary iota of a fuck what you saw or how old you were as long as you paid and/or weren't sneaking in. Out of all the times that I've been carded at a theater, only one was for actually seeing a movie, and the rest was when I wanted a beer or something.
It probably depends on where you live, then. Where I'm from and from what my brothers told me when they worked at the theater, movie theaters were pretty much policing/shaming parents who were bringing their young kids to Sausage Party ("Because all animated films are for kids!") and Deadpool ("It's a Marvel superhero film!"). One theater even put up a notice on the doors about it. Was pretty nuts.

The "check the box" adverts I'm sure are by parent groups, but I noticed a few years ago the rating boxes got bigger in trailers, so unless it's just a local thing, I'm assuming it's nationwide.

The MPAA also has it out for indie movies, considering that Orgazmo got an NC-17 with no notes, while South Park and Team America, which were released by Paramount, had very detailed notes. There's also the fact that they're still autistic when it comes to stuff like nudity or same sex content in movies, considering that Rocketman is one of the tamest R-rated movies that I've ever seen, and Midsommar came close to an NC-17 just for hanging dong.
Rocketman being distributed by Paramount may have something to do with it, unless they left some scenes on the cutting room floor just to get that R-rating (aren't they slightly harsher on gay males than lesbians or am I misremembering things?). 50 Shades apparently had a rule or something to not show (as much) penis to be able to squeak by with an R-rating--but also, Universal may have pulled strings. I only saw This Film is Not Yet Rated once and that was years ago, but one thing that still sticks out to me about it was that although they're not as strict on hetero sex like they are on homo sex (and that they rate sex scenes based on thrust count), if there's so much as a shot of pubic hair in a sex scene, they slap it with an NC-17 rating. Can't remember the movie they talked about in it where they mentioned it (I believe it had Alec Baldwin in it), but I think the producers fought the MPAA over that. That rule might've been lifted in recent years as a result or something.
 

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What’s most autistic about the ratings bullshit is that it literally has no government force whatsoever. The studios inexplicably submit to this faggotry voluntarily. Why in the world don’t they just tell these moralizing assholes to take a hike? There’s plenty of resources online for parents to look up the content of a movie, if they don’t want to that’s their fuckin’ problem, moviemakers and the general public shouldn’t have to jump through hoops so little Carsynn’s ears aren’t soiled by the word “fuck”
 
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What’s most autistic about the ratings bullshit is that it literally has no government force whatsoever. The studios inexplicably submit to this faggotry voluntarily. Why in the world don’t they just tell these moralizing assholes to take a hike? There’s plenty of resources online for parents to look up the content of a movie, if they don’t want to that’s their fuckin’ problem, moviemakers and the general public shouldn’t have to jump through hoops so little Carsynn’s ears aren’t soiled by the word “fuck”
It's backed by all major motion picture studios, and Netflix just took Fox's position.

Funny enough, Netflix was one of the companies that produced "This Film is Not Yet Rated", a documentary criticizing the MPAA.

Typing up my thoughts on this right now, it's gonna be a while.
 

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The "check the box" adverts I'm sure are by parent groups, but I noticed a few years ago the rating boxes got bigger in trailers, so unless it's just a local thing, I'm assuming it's nationwide.
It's nationwide, I'm pretty sure I noticed it sometime around 2013.
Rocketman being distributed by Paramount may have something to do with it, unless they left some scenes on the cutting room floor just to get that R-rating (aren't they slightly harsher on gay males than lesbians or am I misremembering things?).
They're pretty anal, no pun intended, when it comes to lesbians, and disproportionately harsher when it comes to gay guys. It was a thing when Rocketman came out about it being the first movie released by a major with a gay sex scene, and even then it was incredibly tame (Largely shot from the waist up and no naughty bits, unless I'm just mentally blocking out Taron Egerton and/or Richard Madden's asses.)

Basically gay guys have cooties in the MPAA's eyes, and I'm not talking about AIDS.
 
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Here's my two cents (which includes a few points that were reiterated in a few posts here but whatever)

this system needs to be completely redone. It's honestly like a robot designed, like the slightest goddamn things can bump your movie up a rating.

One word, can change the films entire rating, and they don't care about context unlike the BBFC (at least they don't even hide the fact they're censoring and rating films)

The King of Kong A Fistful of Quarters was only rated PG-13 because one dude used the word Poontang when being interviewed.
Capitalism A Love Story (inb4 >Michael Moore) was really only rated R because of the word fuck being used 3 times, when you're only allowed 2 non sexual uses of the word in a PG-13.


And then there's this stupid fucking thing where if you show sex in a movie in ANY position other than missionary position for the sole purpose of procreation, and above the waists, it's an automatic NC-17.
This is why you'll almost never see a good erotic movie come out of America. And they're especially rude to indie movies.


Killer Joe got an NC-17 solely because of a scene where Matthew McConaughey gets a woman to perform mock fellatio on a chicken breast (it makes sense in the film) despite being made by the guy who did the Exorcist and a recognizable cast, it was produced independently

A Dirty Shame got an NC-17 despite no penetration just because they thought the film was sexually weird. This was released just prior to the finalization of New Line Cinema being completely absorbed into Warner Bros.
Orgazmo got an NC-17 despite the fact the worst image you'll see in the movie is a dudes ass.


What I hate the most is that, nearly all theater chains have in their contracts that they will not screen NC-17 films, so you're really only left with a few select indie theaters in the big cities that will play them. Showgirls only played in 1500 theaters because MGM paid a ton of theaters to show it, otherwise shit like this happens:

Killer Joe only played in 50 theaters, across the entire US, when there's about 4000k theater screens across America.

Blue is the Warmest Color and Lust Caution only played at about 100 or so theaters, both golden globe nominated films.


And if you're film has strong sexual content, most of the time people would rather just have the film go unrated because more places will sell it than if it were rated NC-17.

I could go on and on but there's way too much for me to cover.


Fun fact, some documentary actually got an NC-17 just 2 months ago.
it's somewhere here


sorry if this is written in a very disorganized way, I'm tired as hell right now and I'm going to pass out in a few seconds.
 

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What I hate the most is that, nearly all theater chains have in their contracts that they will not screen NC-17 films
What's the point of putting this in the contract? Is it just a more subtle way for the major studios to fuck over indies, or is it some weird moralizing thing that we can't even have a movie with stuff not safe for kids playing in the same building where children are present?

And honestly, I don't even see the point of the NC-17 rating. If it's inappropriate for kids, it's an R, if parents take their kids anyway, whatever, I fail to see how that's anyone else's problem. If they must the individual theater chains could just ban anyone under, say, 13 from an R movie and it would do the job (anyone over 13 these days can find whatever they want to watch onthe internet anyway these days, there's no point in preventing them from seeing anything).
 

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Speaking as someone who was watching R rated movies since before he was a teen, I'd say fuck em'. My parents let me watch anything so long as it wasn't porn. Not to mention we got all the people out there who just take their kids to PG-13 and R rated movies regardless of what the rating warning says.

Same deal applies with video games, if little Jimmy's going to get the new (M rated) Shoot and Killy and the parents either don't give a shit or buy it for him, then what's the point? I honestly feel like it's just something to apease the moral guardians and governments so people don't complain and moan about how this movie or that movie shouldn't be marketed to kids.
 

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The MPAA rating system is largely a relic from the late 1960's that is only really kept around because nobody wants a return to the Hays Code or government interference.

The G rating is almost as dead as the NC-17 rating nowadays, and the only company who still releases G-rated films is Disney, but that's been sort of their thing and really only exists now as a weird grandfather clause scenario.

PG is now the new "kiddie rating" and PG-13 is the standard. Most R-rated films today would've been a "hard" PG-13 in the 1990's and 2000's, and most R-rated films from the 1980's and 1990's would get an NC-17 in today's political climate.

The MPAA has always been weird and picky about nudity in general, and the weird double standards regarding sexuality and nudity in the "woke" cultural climate of the 2010's have only made it worse.

It used to be that nudity would get you an R rating, although if you had a lot of money and were clever in how you angled the camera shots and screen time, you might squeak by with a "hard" PG-13 for brief nudity (James Cameron did this in Titanic) but now even the brief nudity of Titanic would be considered problematic in today's Hollywood and Titanic would be given an R rating if it debuted today.

I mean, there are a handful of "hard R" Hollywood movies released in the 2010's that have nudity (Wolf of Wall Street is a good example) but those are exceptions to the rule.

Even in R-rated horror movies nowadays, you never really see nudity at all and even the gore and violence is toned down compared to a decade ago, at least if it's a Hollywood studio film. Indie and foreign films are an exception.

The NC-17 rating was created in the early 90's as a replacement for the X rating, which became a death sentence for most films in the 70's and 80's since due to a copyright loophole, the X rating became the domain of pornographic films and a lot of small independent theaters would air these porno films late at night so long as it carried the X rating since unrated porno films only aired in fully dedicated theaters back then, IIRC.

The NC-17 rating was supposed to allow filmmakers to have more creative freedom without worrying about the X rating but it had the opposite effect as most theater chains refused to carry NC-17 movies due to the fact that NC-17 films are much more limited in their financial potential than even R movies. As more theaters got bought out by the chains, you stopped seeing NC-17 films being released at all. Most of the NC-17 movies made in America are from the 1990's, IIRC.

Another factor in this policy was to avoid any hassles from fundie moral guardians, who were still relevant in the early 90's. This is also a factor as to why many retailers refuse to carry NC-17 titles.

The core problem with the movie industry today is over-consolidation, both with the studios and the theaters.

Everything is either big-budget PG-13 capeshit, crappy remakes, or pretentiously boring arthouse hipster garbage that nobody watches, but still somehow get nominated for the Oscars.

We're long overdue for another crash like the one that ended the New Hollywood era of the 70's and brought us into the current "Blockbuster Age".

I think if one of the MCU films bombs at the box office, that might be the beginning of the end, like how Heaven's Gate ended the New Hollywood auteur era or how the MPAA ratings system ended the Hays Code era.
 

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We're long overdue for another crash like the one that ended the New Hollywood era of the 70's and brought us into the current "Blockbuster Age".

I think if one of the MCU films bombs at the box office, that might be the beginning of the end, like how Heaven's Gate ended the New Hollywood auteur era or how the MPAA ratings system ended the Hays Code era.
That would honestly be the dream, but I'm not holding my breath. Movie studios back then were a dominant force that largely stood alone as financially independent companies, with the exception being Paramount being owned by Gulf + Western, meaning that movies were largely made thanks to cigar-chomping execs who often didn't know any better, and not only allowed uncompromisingly artsy directors to have careers, but even went as far as distributing foreign films. Straight-up porn was also popular nationwide, though that could be explained as the seventies being the seventies.

Then the bottom fell out with Heaven's Gate, the Blockbuster Age commenced (which wasn't nearly as terrible as my film snob friends say it is) and ever since then, movie studios have been bought and largely exist as just another arm of massive conglomerates with any and all risk gradually snuffed out. If anything, I expect media to just kinda splinter off as the internet/new tech marches forward instead of another artistic renaissance like the 70s.
 

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That would honestly be the dream, but I'm not holding my breath. Movie studios back then were a dominant force that largely stood alone as financially independent companies, with the exception being Paramount being owned by Gulf + Western, meaning that movies were largely made thanks to cigar-chomping execs who often didn't know any better, and not only allowed uncompromisingly artsy directors to have careers, but even went as far as distributing foreign films. Straight-up porn was also popular nationwide, though that could be explained as the seventies being the seventies.

Then the bottom fell out with Heaven's Gate, the Blockbuster Age commenced (which wasn't nearly as terrible as my film snob friends say it is) and ever since then, movie studios have been bought and largely exist as just another arm of massive conglomerates with any and all risk gradually snuffed out. If anything, I expect media to just kinda splinter off as the internet/new tech marches forward instead of another artistic renaissance like the 70s.
I don't think we'll see an artistic renaissance in film like we had in the 70's, but we'll probably see a collapse of the Blockbuster Age, at least in its current form.

What happens afterwards is anyone's guess.
 

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So I got incredibly autistic and made a list of all the NC-17 films that were ever released, since Wikipedia's list keeps getting vandalized and a lot of those were only threatened with one, made changes to avoid the rating, or were released unrated instead.

Anyone want the list?

I only brought it up here because we're talking about the MPAA anyways
 

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So I got incredibly autistic and made a list of all the NC-17 films that were ever released, since Wikipedia's list keeps getting vandalized and a lot of those were only threatened with one, made changes to avoid the rating, or were released unrated instead.

Anyone want the list?

I only brought it up here because we're talking about the MPAA anyways
Sure, post it. With the bolded part, I remember that the debacle with Blue Valentine (briefly) was reported on the news, and far as I know, it was left unchanged and was allowed to get the R-rating after the MPAA got a fire lit under their butts.

To think there has to be a parallel universe where Showgirls actually was a financial success and the NC-17 rating wasn't a death sentence.
 

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Might as well throw ratings out the window. Assholes take their annoying babies and toddlers in Rated R flicks anyways.
 

Xarpho

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NC-17 is the most unneeded, since an R-rated movie could just slap an "unrated version" on it and get sold at every mass merchandiser. G is really tricky since it got pigeonholed as "children's movie" years ago, and PG/PG-13 got downgraded as this happened. The rating system needs four functional ratings as it originally had (G, PG, R, and X, later G, PG, PG-13, and R), not three (or two, as dummies often suggest).
 

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I don't think we'll see an artistic renaissance in film like we had in the 70's, but we'll probably see a collapse of the Blockbuster Age, at least in its current form.

What happens afterwards is anyone's guess.
Honestly I would be happy if we got movies like Black Hawk Down or Lord of the Rings again.
Or fuck even dumb but inoffensive shit like 90's blockbusters would be an improvement.
TLDR Movies were good in the 2000's. Lets go back to that.
 

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I don't really think ratings are necessary except in the cases of things like pornography. Most movies aren't very explicit and the ones that are bordering on soft porn should probably be intended only for adults but for the stuff you generally see at the cinema? No need.

Just include a warning to parents about the content and let them make a conscious decision on what their kids are allowed to see. We need to stop dumbing things down for lazy parents and pandering to offended culture. People need to take responsibility for the choice to see or not see a movie. I regularly had my parents rent R rated movies from the video store and they could decide if I should or should not see the movie. I don't think there were many cases they drew the line but I was a pretty mature kid. Every case would be individual.
The American normie public has been so thoroughly discouraged in a million different ways to not think for themselves that asking them to do so now is honestly a but insulting if only for the added complexity.
 

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Alright, it's attached here.


Title​
Reason:​
Year​
Distributor​
notes:​
Romantic Memoirs​
N/A​
1990​
Spectradyne​
Secret Sex Lives of Romeo and Juliet​
N​
1990​
Spectradyne​
Softly From Paris Series I-V​
N/A​
1990​
Spectradyne​
5 different releases, combined to one for categorization​
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!​
Scene of Strong Adult Sensuality with nudity​
1990​
Miramax​
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls​
N/A​
1990​
20th Century Fox​
Blonde Emanuelle in 3-D​
N/A​
1990​
Movie Visions​
Centerspread​
N/A​
1990​
Spectradyne​
In the Cold of the Night​
N/A​
1990​
Omega Entertainment​
edited​
Mignight Woman​
N/A​
1990​
Greenbow Pictures​
Peepshow​
N/A​
1990​
Comsat Video Enterprise​
Play Thing​
N/A​
1990​
Atlas International Film​
Radio Active/Ground Zero L.A.​
N/A​
1990​
Stardusk Ent​
Cook The Thief His Wife and Her Lover​
N/A​
1990​
Miramax​
Henry and June​
N/A​
1990​
Universal​
A post card involving a Japanese woman and a squid during the opening credits got the film its rating. First film to get the rating​
Arabian Nights​
N/A​
1991​
Water Bearer Films​
Bizarre​
N/A​
1991​
Spectradyne​
Canterbury Tales​
N/A​
1991​
Water Bearer Films​
Dark Obsession​
N/A​
1991​
Circle Releasing​
Dice Rules​
N/A​
1991​
Seven Arts​
Andrew Dice Clay Stand Up​
The Dolls​
N/A​
1991​
Platinum Pictures​
Emanuelle: The Joys of a Woman​
N/A​
1991​
Paramount​
Flesh Gordon II​
N/A​
1991​
Filmvest Inter​
Games Of Love​
N/A​
1991​
Spectradyne​
In the Realm of the Sense​
N/A​
1991​
Gades Films Inter​
Rodney Dangerfield 'Nothing Goes Right'​
N/A​
1991​
Orion Home Video/R2 Entertainment​
Modern Love​
N/A​
1991​
Holiday Enterprises​
Myriam​
N/A​
1991​
Comsat Video Enterprise​
Santa Sangre​
Several Scenes of extremely explicit violence​
1991​
Expanded Entertainment​
Shadowed Mind​
N/A​
1991​
Northern Film Traders​
Whore​
N/A​
1991​
Trimark Pictures/Lionsgate​
Bad Lieutenant​
Sexual Violence, Strong Sexual Situations and Dialogue, and Graphic Drug Use​
1992​
Live Home Video/Lionsgate​
has an R rated cut​
Easyriders Video Magazine #13​
Pervasive Sexuality and Graphic Sexual Dialogue​
1992​
Easyriders Video Magazine​
Intent To Kill​
Extreme Violence​
1992​
PM Entertainment Group​
The Loves of Lady Chatterly (L'amante, Malu)​
scenes of explicit sexuality​
1992​
First Cinema Ventures​
Tower of Terror (Hard to Die, Sorotity House Massacre 3, The Seance 2, Nighty Nightmare)​
Extreme Horror Violence​
1992​
Concorde Pictures​
Tropic of Cancer​
Strong Language and Sex-Related Dialogue​
1992​
Paramount​
Wide Sargasso Sea​
Strong, Explicit Sexuality​
1992​
New Line Cinema​
Man Bites Dog​
Strong Graphic Violence​
1993​
Roxie Releasing/Criterion​
Tokyo Decadence​
Strong, Explicit, Sadomasochistic sexuality​
1993​
Northern Arts Entertainment Group​
Evil Dead (original)​
Substantial Graphic Horror Violence and Gore​
1994​
MCA Home Entertainment​
Released Unrated on most new releases​
Paris, France​
Explicit Sexual Content​
1994​
A-Pix Entertainment​
Comfortably Numb​
Scenes of Graphic Drug Use and some explicit sexuality​
1995​
Meistrich Corp​
not related to the Pink Floyd song​
Delta of Venus​
Explicit Sexuality​
1995​
New Line Cinema (Fine Line Features)​
Hottest Bid​
Strong Graphic Sexuality​
1995​
Deborah Films​
appeal witheld​
Showgirls​
nudity and erotic sexuality throughout, and for some graphic language and sexual violence​
1995​
MGM/United Artists​
killed the chances of the NC-17 rating ever being a commercial success​
Showgirls Sneak Preview​
Strong sexual images​
1995​
MGM/United Artists​
just a preview version of the above​
Broken English​
Explicit Sexuality​
1996​
Sony Pictures Classics​
Appeal witheld​
Crash​
numerous explicit sex scenes​
1996​
New Line Cinema (Fine Line Features)​
Inserts​
Explicit Sexuality​
1996​
MGM/United Artists​
updated rating​
Bent​
a strong scene of graphic sexuality​
1997​
MGM​
Hell's Belles​
pervasive sexuality and nudity​
1997​
South Pacific Productions​
Last Tango in Paris​
Some Explicit Sexual Content​
1997​
MGM​
listed three times for some reason on the filmratings website​
Pink Flamingos​
Wide range of perversions in explicit detail​
1997​
New Line Cinema (Fine Line Features)​
lol also 25th anniversary re-release​
Glam​
a scene of explicit sexuality and some sexual dialogue​
1998​
Cineville​
appeal witheld​
La Grande Bouffee (The Big Feast, The Blow Out)​
some explicit sexuality​
1998​
Sceneries Distribution​
Orgazmo​
Explicit Sexual Content and Dialogue​
1998​
October Films/Universal​
worst thing shown in the film is a dudes ass, and has an unrated version​
Two Girls and a Guy​
a scene of explicit sexuality​
1998​
20th Century Fox​
edited​
The Barcelona Erotic Film Festival​
Explicit Sexual Content​
1999​
Shayla Productions​
Female Trouble​
explicit sexuality and nudity​
1999​
New Line Cinema (Fine Line Features)​
25th anniversary re-release​
Trois​
some explicit sexuality​
2000​
Columbia Tristar Home Video​
edited​
WVAG in New York City​
Graphic Sexuality​
2001​
theradiochick.com​
released online​
The Story of O​
sexual content​
2002​
Ventura Distribution​
rating changed​
WADD The Life and Times of John C Homes​
Explicit Sexual Content​
2003​
VCA Labs​
Bad Education​
A Scene of explicit sexual content​
2004​
Sony Pictures Classics​
A Dirty Shame​
pervasive sexual content​
2004​
New Line Cinema (Fine Line Features)​
Killed John Waters career, has an r-rated edit solely for places like Walmart​
The Dreamers​
Explicit Sexual Content​
2004​
20th Century Fox (Fox Searchlight)​
Young Adam​
Some Explicit Sexual Content​
2004​
Sony Pictures Classics​
Inside Deep Throat​
Explicit Sexual Content​
2005​
Universal Pictures and HBO Documentary Films​
has an R rated cut​
Law of Desire​
A Scene of explicit sexual content​
2005​
Sony Pictures Classics​
Ma Mere​
Strong and Aberrant sexual content​
2005​
TLA Releasing​
Matador​
Aberrant sexuality including violence​
2005​
Sony Pictures Classics​
Secretaries​
pervasive graphic sexuality and nudity​
2006​
Maverick Entertainment Group​
1000 Tears​
Extreme Horror Violence​
2007​
Crytzer Enterprises​
Descent​
A Brutal Rape​
2007​
City Lights Pictures​
not to be confused with the 2005 horror film and also has an edited version​
Lust, Caution​
some explicit sexuality​
2007​
Focus Features/Universal​
has an R rated cut​
Marie and Jack A Hardcore Love Story​
Explicit Sexuality​
2007​
Comstock Films​
The Night Buffalo​
some graphic sexuality​
2009​
Distrimax​
El Infierno [Hell]​
some graphic violence and explicit sexual content​
2011​
Pantelion Films​
A Serbian Film​
Extreme Aberrant Sexual and Violent Content including Explicit Dialogue​
2011​
Invincible Pictures​
was cut 4 minutes to obtain this rating, took almost two years to get the film released uncut in America​
Shame​
Some Explicit Sexual Content​
2011​
20th Century Fox (Fox Searchlight)​
nominated for a golden globe for best actor​
Blue Is The Warmest Color​
Explicit Sexual Content​
2013​
IFC Films (Sundance Selects)​
nominated for best foreign language film at the golden globes; won the palm d'or in 2013​
Lucky Bastard​
Explicit Sexual Content​
2013​
CAVU Pictures​
Marriage 2.0​
Explicit Sexual Content and Graphic Nudity Throughout​
2015​
Adam and Eve.com​
Swearnet The Movie​
Some Explicit Sexual Content, Graphic Nudity, and for Language​
2015​
The Pits Inc​
Holds the world record for most fucks said in a film at about almost 1000 in just under 90 minutes​
This One's For The Ladies: Uncensored​
Some Explicit Sexual Images​
2018​
Super LTD and Neon​
Of my research, here's a few interesting things of note.

Only 90 films kept the NC-17 rating for home video

At least one film was rated NC-17 every year until 2008

Spectradyne released the most with this rating, at 10 releases

Two Stand Up specials were released with this rating, "Dice Rules" with Andrew Dice Clay and Rodney Dangerfield's "Nothing Goes Right"

This One's For The Ladies is the only movie I know of that was simultaneously released with both an R and NC-17 rated version in theaters.

John Waters released the most films with an NC-17, at three. (Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble's 25th anniversary re-releases, and A Dirty Shame)
 
That would depend entirely on if there's ever a more profitable reason to create R movies. I can't really comment on what the deal with with G vs PG movies, because I haven't had a reason to see (or even give much thought to) a G-rated movie in a very long time.

The movie industry, like any business, wants your money (even at the cost of creative freedom). PG-13 movies make more money than R movies. There's a reason very, very few of the cash-printing superhero movies ended up rated R, and even then - one of those (Deadpool) got a PG-13 cut after the fact anyway. A prime example: the lead actor on Logan willingly took a pay cut in order to ensure the movie could release with an R rating.

Why bother having any integrity in your work (and/or show a pair of tits..not necessarily mutually exclusive) if it's gonna make your product's profits suffer? And when I say "your," I really mean the movie industry as a whole. I'd imagine there are plenty of cast/crew out there that would love to have the freedom to create what they see fit, yet get kneecapped by execs at every turn.

I'm sure that's not the only reason for the PG/PG-13 shift, but I'd imagine it's the only one that really matters. I've heard others mention that there's been some drift in what is acceptable under each rating over time, but I can't really comment on that topic. Maybe another Kiwi knows about it?
So the original reason for the rating system was to prevent children from being exposed to extreme violence or sexuality in films and then it became codified.

Ironically an R rating during the mid 70s/80s was considered a marketing tool by studios because there was a market demand for it during the rise of the slasher/horror films. Ironically Psycho (1960) was the catalyst for the revision to the grading systems, that hadn't changed since the introduction of the production code system (Hays code) in the 1930s and was replaced by the MPAA in 1968.

The Hays Code had been introduced for the sake of public hygiene in the 1930's because movies were becoming too sexually explicit. So under the Hays code, you could have someone being murdered, but couldn't film two people in clothing in bed together. The musical 42nd Street is one of the last films to be made before the introduction the Hays Code.

The MPAA had originally 4 ratings, G, M, X, R. But because of complaints of adult sexual connotations, M was changed to PG. It was then further amended to incorporate PG - 13 because of Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, of all things. People bitched about the horror elements in it, and so the ratings agency changed it.

Most film have hovered around PG rating generally, unless it's a kids film.

Most of the larger studio have always been conscientious of R ratings and it's effect on sales.

Ironically in his autobiography, Arnold Schwarzenegger attributes the lukewarm reception of the second Conan film on the fact that De Laurentis had become convinced that a PG Conan movie would sell better, than another R rated one.

They had failed to get John Millius back on board who had been the main driving force on getting the first film an R rating, because he thought as a Conan fan that it was better service to the books and the characters.

Richard Fleisling the director of Conan The Destroyer was a studio director who basically wasn't going to argue with the producer, and so produced the toned down version that essentially had such a lukewarm response from hardened fans of the franchise and new viewers that Laurentis shelved Conan the Conquerer indefinitely, and instead gave the world the gem of Red Sonja.

Sad fact that most of the capeshit films are going to be PG-13 is the fact that it's the golden triangle in terms of audience participation, fandoms and marketing both for the films and merchandising. Adult audiences are down in terms of overall viewing, except for situations where you have capeshit films or other popular franchises. A majority of these are targeted towards children, and so you have a situation where by sheer economic factors you have to make a film that has broadest audience appeal.

Additionally and it bares mentioning. The Chinese market (or the Chinese censors more accurately) doesn't have a strong stomach for anything spicy or above a PG rating. Since Hollywood is trying to improve it's international markets, because of shrinking domestic returns, this also has an effect on what choices the big studios and the executive producers are going to make.
 
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