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MPAA: Smoke 'Em If You Want a Higher Rating

MPAA: Smoke 'Em If You Want a Higher Rating

A while ago I wrote about the possibility that smoking cigarettes would be banned in movies, and I asked what you thought about that. Most of you voted it should be the filmmakers' decision whether or not their characters smoke cigarettes. Well, the MPAA is trying a new strategy in the smoking conflict by raising the rating for movies that include cigarette smoking. Variety has the scoop:

"In the past, illegal teen smoking has been a factor in the rating of films, alongside other parental concerns such as sex, violence and adult language," the MPAA said in a statement. "Now, all smoking will be considered, and depictions that glamorize smoking or movies that feature pervasive smoking outside of a historic or other mitigating context may receive a higher rating."

From the article it's clear that some people take this issue very seriously and worry about the relationship between onscreen behavior and decisions kids make. I'm a little on the fence on this, though, since it sounds rather similar to a ban on smoking in G, PG and PG-13 movies: If filmmakers would like to have their movies receive a more accessible rating, they'll be forced to eliminate smoking from their films. What do you think of this news?


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Phil Phil 10 years
Denis Leary's stand up comedy is becoming reality. Only a matter of time before the only instance you can smoke is in your house under your blanket with all the lights out.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
The statement seems to have a lot of "gray" in it; for example, how will "pervasive" and "mitigating" be defined? The MPAA appears to be doing "something," but in reality, their actions are unlikely to make a difference on real world behavior.
catstarr catstarr 10 years
I don't think it's fair to compromise someones artistic vision by threatening their box office earnings with a different rating. Sometimes a cigarette really makes the scene feel more real. No one is really glorifying smoking in the movies any more, and more and more frequently it's used to show someone is stressed or "neurotic" than a James Dean type of Hero. Parents should teach their children about smoking and the dangers of it. But lets face it, a lot of smokers had the talks about smoking and the health class but start any ways.
bfly1133 bfly1133 10 years
Has it really come to this? I agree with pinup, it is up to parents to step up to the plate and educate their kids.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
As much as I am against smoking, I don't think giving a higher rating on movies with smoking is going to prevent kids from smoking. There are much bigger influences out there. Parents need to step up and talk to their kids - not the movie studios.
blogsap blogsap 10 years
do you think they'll give an R rating to people eating trans-fatty foods?
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I think this is a bunch of crap, but whatever. I am over 18 so it won't effect my movie viewing.
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