Lately, I’ve been noticing the extremity the world is going to when rating a movie. The one movie that really made me think is The King’s Speech. As a Canadian, I went to the theatre with absolutely no realization there could be American children not allowed to go to this movie because of the rating.
Here in Canada, I would say it’s probably rated around PG-13, maybe even only PG. So when I saw on an American website what The King’s Speech was rated, I couldn’t believe it. There were probably 12-year-olds in the same theatre as me, without parents. And in the States it was iffy for a 16 year old? Unbelievable. The movie has no sex, no drugs, no violence, and the only drinking and smoking is by people who are much over the legal age. And they’re doing it responsibly.
The only reason the movie is rated so high, in my opinion, is because of the 12 F-bombs Colin Firth drops in only one scene. And even so, he doesn’t use the word to offend anyone. It isn’t directed at anyone, or even used out of anger. It is to loosen him up- but apparently that’s too extreme for the American viewers.
What do you think of the rating? Is it appropriate for the movie, or a little too extreme?