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I shouldn’t have let them take out that Affleck/Jason Lee sex scene.

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NOMINEE: Documentary

Theatrical Release Date: 09/01/2006
Director: Kirby Dick
Featuring: Kirby Dick, Maria Bello, Darren Aronofsky, Kimberly Peirce, Kevin Smith, John Waters, Matt Stone, Atom Egoyan

I’ve looked forward to seeing this since I heard/read about it. It evaluates the manner in which films are “voluntarily” rated by the MPAA.

It’s not only very interesting, but it has good social implications. Nothing as socially important as “An Inconvenient Truth” or “The Fog of War”, but it does have a good level of importance in reference to the place of movies in society and what impact these ratings may have.

But at the same time it’s more than that. It’s also an examination of how the process of rating a movie through the MPAA is billed as being transparent while it is instead downright secretive because of the influence that the studios actually have on this supposedly transparent process that has made itself a necessary fixture in the American movie going experience.

I came away with a wonderment of how a non-governmental source of censorship made itself such an important fixture that can make or break the commercial viability of a movie.

I recommend that any socially aware person or avid movie watcher sees this movie for an unprecedented look at the process that shapes the film world. For example, check out this memo to the MPAA in the midst of the rating process of the South Park feature film.

In the end, the social importance of this film and the entertainment value of how it was gathered together make this an easy 4 out of 5.

Side note … This movie has since shaped how films are rated in the appeal process.