New DVD Tuesday - This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Pedro Almodovar, Doris Day, Hong Kong Action and More!
This Film Is Not Yet Rated - Keep the violence cartoonish and the sex missionary -- that seems to be the guiding principle of America's self-appointed film censors, the MPAA. In this fascinating look into the heart of a corrupt, shadowy and increasingly out-of-touch organization director Kirby Dick deftly exposes the MPAA's rank hypocrisy vis à vis depictions of homosexuality, female pleasure, "abnormal" sexuality and violent content.
Dick employees a detective to stake out the MPAA and discovers the identities of its paid censors and the arbitrary process by which they rate films. He also delves into the MPAA's comical, Kafka-esque appeals process to learn that the appeals board is stacked with representatives from all the major studios, which, of course, has nothing whatsoever to do with why foreign and independent films frequently receive more stringent ratings than studio films.
Featuring interviews with John Waters, Matt Stone, Kevin Smith and Kimberly Peirce and snazzy graphics the movie never lags, giving Dick ample opportunity to kick sand in the MPAA's bloated face.