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[By Nic Lindh on Saturday, 13 December 2008]

Why so serious?

Nic is not impressed by the MPAA’s rating system but he is impressed by The Dark Knight.

Dark Knight Poster. Source: Wikipedia

The Dark Knight Poster.
Source: Wikipedia.

Hot from Netflix, The Dark Knight appeared at Casa Core Dump yesterday. I noticed it was rated PG-13, which struck me a little odd, since from the trailers it seemed like a pretty dark (heh) movie.

And yep, it’s a disturbing movie, especially the Joker character, who truly brings the psychotic.

The Dark Knight doesn’t have any nudity, f-bombs, or gore, but is stocked to the rafters with psychotic people, disturbing imagery, and endless violence.

So how much violence does a movie actually have to contain to get an R rating? According to the MPAA themselves, a PG-13 movie may contain “depictions of violence … but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence.” An R rating is earned when there is “intense or persistent violence.”

We can argue semantics all day, but I’d say the correct definition of R versus PG-13 is: “Boobies means R. No boobies means PG-13.”

So thanks MPAA for reminding me that your ratings scheme is utterly worthless.

It’s a decent movie, though, if you happen to be a grown-up.

You have thoughts? I’m @niclindh on Twitter and I want to know what you think.


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