Movie Terms

Note: I’ll be updating this page periodically so stay tuned for more movie terms.

Everybody has heard various movie terms like: “Director,” or “Producer,” or “Gaffer.”  I’ll divide this page into sections and help define each term.  Be warned, sarcasm may ensue.  Let’s start off with the movie rating system.  Generally speaking, a movie is given a particular ranking by the Motion Picture Association of America(MPAA for short).  How a movie gets a particular rating depends on the content of the movie.  Does it include violence, blood, swearing, sex or drug use?  These are often considered when a movie is given a rating.  Let’s take a look at the rating system(here in the US, anyway):
G: General Audiences- Basically, everybody and their grandmas and puppies are allowed to see movies with this rating.  It’s generally family-friendly affair, although not always.

PG: Parental Guidance Suggested: There’s some actual violence and/or language in use here.  But it’s not graphic……usually.  There are exceptions.  So little Timmy may need supervision when watching this movie.  At least for certain movies.  Movies like Jaws are not recommended for little Timmy.

PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned: This one is fairly interesting.  It wasn’t until Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom that the PG-13 rating come into existence.  There’s a reason for that.  Temple of Doom was pretty violent and graphic.  The movie was still rated PG, but Steven Spielberg suggested that the PG rating was too broad, so he offered up a PG-14 rating.  The MPAA settled on PG-13.  Honestly, these days, I’m beginning to question the effectiveness of the PG-13 rating.  We’ve seen a lot of movies over the past couple of years that really push the boundaries of PG-13.  The rating will include some nudity, some strong language and violence, and possibly crude humor.  Timmies under the age of 13 are generally not permitted.

R: Restricted: This is where I like to hang out.  Seriously, though, the R-rating can involve strong, graphic violence and sexual content with strong language.  These are the kind of movies that will give little Timmy nightmares.  If he doesn’t get nightmares, then he may need a psychological evaluation.

NC-17: Adults Only: Put little Timmy to bed when you watch a movie with this rating.  It’s not quite pornographic, but it does feature strong sexual content and violence.  When I say “strong sexual content and violence,” I mean it.  Most movies that earn an NC-17, generally don’t see a very large theatrical run, if at all.  Movie theaters are hesitant, and rightly so, to feature these kinds of movies.  It happens every once in a while, but it’s generally not accepted in most movie theater chains.


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