MPAA Has a New Ratings System to Help ParentsDresden Shumaker
Earlier this week MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd announced that there will be some changes to the rating systems. This is good news for families as the changes are meant to help make it easier to decide which films are appropriate for your children.
“It’s the responsible thing to do,” says Dodd, a former U.S. senator. “We want parents to know what they’re walking into.”
“We’re not movie critics; it isn’t our job to judge what’s coming out,” he says. “But it is our job to provide information. We want to let people know they have choices when they go to the movies, and this will help in that choice.”
The new campaign is called “Check the Box”. Now there will be information to explain the differences behind the ratings for movies that share the same rating. Not all PG-13 movies are given a PG-13 for the same reason. In the Check the Box video that was released with the campaign they use the example of a PG-13 movie that was given the rating for “Intense Sci-Fi Action” vs a movie that was given the same rating for “Crude Humor and Sensuality”.
I think this is going to be a tremendous help for a lot of families as it ultimately gives us more control and information.
What do you think about the new ratings system?