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    http://www.thewrap.com/fox-appeals-r-rating-on-cameron-diaz-leslie-mann-kate-upton-comedy-the-other-woman

    Okay, MPAA system is really fucked up if they stamp your typical chick flick with ‘R’ rating. The movie has no ‘fucks’, no nakedness and it gets ‘R’ because of some sexual references? Really?

    Just look at the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDcaZ3StTfI

    Does it scream ‘R’ to you? Just get rid of MPAA altogheter. 

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    delerian
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    Does it scream ‘R’ to you? Just get rid of MPAA altogheter. 

    Hear, hear!

    The MPAA is as useful as the Comics Code (which is thankfully dead, dead, dead!). It isn’t the 1950s anymore.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    [quote=”Natasha”]Does it scream ‘R’ to you? Just get rid of MPAA altogheter. 

    Hear, hear!

    The MPAA is as useful as the Comics Code (which is thankfully dead, dead, dead!). It isn’t the 1950s anymore.[/quote]

    I agree that they sometimes make mistakes, and this movie really doesn’t seem that R-worthy. But there is no reason to get rid of the MPAA. Modernize? Yes. But it would be a mistake to no longer have a system that rates movies.

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    delerian
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    [quote=”delirian”][quote=”Natasha”]Does it scream ‘R’ to you? Just get rid of MPAA altogheter. 

    Hear, hear!

    The MPAA is as useful as the Comics Code (which is thankfully dead, dead, dead!). It isn’t the 1950s anymore.[/quote]

    I agree that they sometimes make mistakes, and this movie really doesn’t seem that R-worthy. But there is no reason to get rid of the MPAA. Modernize? Yes. But it would be a mistake to no longer have a system that rates movies.[/quote]
    Another system would take its place, I don’t doubt that. But I would doubt that the new system would be rooted in 1950s norms. So let the MPAA ratings die. And good riddance with it.

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    Riley
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    How is this film allowed to be called The Other Woman when Natalie Portman made a film with that same title just five years ago?  How is this situation unlike The Butler?

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    Smileynate
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    I’d guess it’s because behind the scenes, the studio/producer/whoever owns the rights to the Natalie Portman flick didn’t feel it necessary to challenge the use of the title.  A lawsuit over something like this is not automatically triggered- the “aggrieved” party would have to initiate it, so if they don’t, there’s no suit.

    “The Butler” was an interesting situation, and I’d guess everyone benefitted- the original was a little-known, long forgotten film and likely no one bothered to find out if the name had been used.  Suddenly, there’s a lawsuit, and the OB (Original Butler) gets dusted off and perhaps spurs people to track it down and see it, and LDTB gets a wave of publicity oddly close to the release period.  I’d say no one lost in that scenario.

    In this case, I’d guess either the current producers either got permission in advance to use the title, or those who own the original just decided it wasn’t worth it. 

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    [url]http://www.thewrap.com/fox-appeals-r-rating-on-cameron-diaz-leslie-mann-kate-upton-comedy-the-other-woman[/url]

    Okay, MPAA system is really fucked up if they stamp your typical chick flick with ‘R’ rating. The movie has no ‘fucks’, no nakedness and it gets ‘R’ because of some sexual references? Really?

    Just look at the trailer: [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDcaZ3StTfI[/url]

    Does it scream ‘R’ to you? Just get rid of MPAA altogheter. 

    Maybe it’s the male ‘titties’ and the drinking and all the ‘rehab’ talk…..

    I’ve said this before, but I’m all for getting rid of the MPAA. I will decide  what is age-appropriate. In the case of minors, that’s their parent’s job.

    We dont have any shortage of morality police telling us what ratings a film receives or not.

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    Yes, please get rid of the MPAA. What a joke.

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    [quote=”Natasha”][url]http://www.thewrap.com/fox-appeals-r-rating-on-cameron-diaz-leslie-mann-kate-upton-comedy-the-other-woman[/url]

    Okay, MPAA system is really fucked up if they stamp your typical chick flick with ‘R’ rating. The movie has no ‘fucks’, no nakedness and it gets ‘R’ because of some sexual references? Really?

    Just look at the trailer: [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDcaZ3StTfI[/url]

    Does it scream ‘R’ to you? Just get rid of MPAA altogheter. 

    Maybe it’s the male ‘titties’ and the drinking and all the ‘rehab’ talk…..

    I’ve said this before, but I’m all for getting rid of the MPAA. will decide  what is age-appropriate. In the case of minors, that’s their parent’s job.

    We dont have any shortage of morality police telling us what ratings a film receives or not.

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    I think the concern in the US at least is that if the MPAA (which is voluntary self-monitoring) is abolished, then there will be pressure, especially from far-right groups, for the federal government to create and oversee a ratings system, or even worse, set the standards for how things are rated.  So while it’s a horrible and inconsistent system that allows extreme violence to sashay through with a PG or PG-13 but slaps an R on with the first tit or utterance of “f**K”, it’s better than the alternative. 

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    — The previous Other Woman wasn’t released by an MPAA signatory studio. Thus, no claim on the title. Only those companies who are members need to adhere to this clearance.

    — Get rid of the MPAA, then every state will have its own commission. And  the studios will then make movies to obey the rules of the strictest states, and the end result will be that most PG 13 films (under current standards) would become Rs, and the studios would end up editing movies to make Mississippi and Utah happy. Yes, the MPAA is screwed up. But don’t wish for its end – its replacement would be much, much worse.

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    Beau S.
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    Keep the MPAA (so nothing worse takes its place) but pay zero attention to their ratings. No theater should enforce them (IFC Center style) and trailers should not have a voice-over saying “rated [whatever]” and that blindness-inducing green “preview approved for all audiences” title card should be eliminated from the face of the earth.

    And best of all, EVERY journalist needs to write about how ridiculous the system is. Once it becomes common knowledge that films like Silver Linings Playbook, Whale Rider, Erin Brockovich, Lost in Translation, Billy Elliot and all three films in the Before trilogy have the same rating as films like Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, The Wolf of Wall Street, Blue Velvet, The Deer Hunter, American History X, A History of Violence and No Country for Old Men, people will realize how big of a joke this pathetic excuse for an organization is. I believe it was Mel Brooks who once said that the best way to reduce the power and influence that something has is to laugh at it.

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    If theaters didn’t enforce them, then conservative states would, and the studios would censor their movies themselves.

    I wish you guys utopian thoughts would work, but it would lead to major restrictions by the studios if this happened. 

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    If we’re going to have a national ratings organization, I would prefer a federal government program to the system we have now. At least if the federal government ran it, the people rating movies and their justifications/discussions would be public record, and they could be held accountable and potentially called to testify before Congress if they tried anything questionable.

    In regards to state ratings organiations, I agree that the movie studios would cater to the most restrictive states, but other than Utah, I don’t really see any of them being much worse than the current ratings board. When was the last time someone complained that ratings for a specific movie were too lenient, versus how many times there’s been complaints that ratings are too strict?

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    http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2013/07/03/how-hillary-clinton-and-jack-sparrow-helped-make-pg-13-the-one-size-fits-all-rating/

    This is all Hillary’s fault… should start a petition to repeal this stupid law.

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    Yesmar – it would be much worse. Any film with anything positive about gays would be R, and they’d be far more restrictive on language and other content.

    You have no idea how bad it could be.

    Getting the government involved is also a terrible idea. You really want Ted Cruz’ federal government censoring movies? 

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