Although the mystery that is the MPAA inately offers much fun speculation, Kirby Dick's well-intentioned and hyperfocused assult on the veiled association is ultimately a hodge-podge of artificial suspense, mock adventure, high-moral ramblings, and sexualized skin clips. This Film does manage to be entertaining and informative enough to see once, but the debate Dick is looking for is in middle America, not Hollywood.
The fact that oral sex toward a female and female sexual pleasure is rated NC-17 while a blowjob and a male sexual experience is rated R is complete b.s. and it promulgates sexism and ignorance within the American culture!
"american" view on sexuality, especially female orgasms and pleasure is very weird. Surprising how simple scenes of pleasure, without even showing full nudity, can be a bigger problem, than an outrageous violence and terror.
Very interesting and entertaining, as well as revelatory for those willing to listen. The ignorance enrages, as does the audacity of how irrelevant the MPAA function is under a veil of secrecy for the intent of creating the illusion of relevance.
I have to disagree with the below comment. No, it didn't offer any solutions, but most documentaries arguing any particular viewpoint don't either. Religulous didn't, none of Michael Moore's films do, and plenty of others. I think the point is to get the audience thinking for their own solutions rather than having it handed to them.
A very interesting insight into the film ratings board in the USA. As I suspected, there is a huge bias against anything sexual in movies, expecially in the case of depictions of female pleasure and homosexuality, while violence is given a lot of leeway. However, this doc was a bit meandering, and presented some facts that didn't really contribute to its goal. The hunting down of raters felt out of place.