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I know It When I See It – PG 13

[embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TTT1yKn4-o[/embedyt] In the US, CARA stands for the Classification and Rating Administration. However, if you do a Google search for “CARA agency” you discover that indeed there are a few CARA administrations, one in India and another in the United Kingdom. The first is concerned with adoption and the second with employment. So, who is our CARA, the one who decides how much money each movie would make, and more exactly denies children access to the gem called The Chef R rated,

Chef (2014)
Rated R for language, including some suggestive references.
and discourage them from the sweet anxiety of What If – PG13 rated
What If (2014)
Rated PG-13 for sexual content including references throughout, partial nudity and language.
CARA is a self-supporting, fee-based association created by producers.  Its Chairperson might as well be Mao, because she decides who will serve for up to seven years in deciding what type of exposure a movie will have:
  • G, any kid with money can get a ticket;
  • PG, any kid with money can get a ticket;
  • PG13- any kid with money for a ticket can get a ticket if a nearby adult winks at the cashier;
  • R adults bring in with their children; and
  • NC 17 theater owners will shy away from selling tickets to anybody with money to buy a ticket, because they won’t show the movie at all!
In other words, can you guess the rating of the highest grossing movie in history? I give you a hint, its title: Titanic!  I know, it involves imminent death, but hey, young Leo DiCaprio was in it, so how bad could pre-teen and teen-age girls feel? Not bad at all and you won: PG-13.

And as an aside, do you know what created PG-13? A communist invasion put out by high school students. Yes, the idea that community mattered is scary to Americans who want only rugged individualism, though I have not seen any rugged individualism success stories in my two decades here, and have not read about any of such success stories either. They all rely on communities.

Which brings me back to Chef, the Jon Favreau chef d’oeuvre. The film stars Favreau, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Amy Sedaris, Robert Downey Jr., and Sofia Vergara. It tells the story of a divorced father whose love for food and his son reignites his love for life. So, what is R in this movie? It baffles me.

And why is What If PG-13? Is putting your junk into my by trunk PG-13? Maybe, but if that’s PG13 then why isn’t Chef PG or PG 13? Chef is an adorable family movie, while What If is not. What If is a sweet young-people movie, but it does not have FAMILY written large all over it.

That I am at a loss with the Hollywood rating system is obvious. However, what is not obvious is my call for its abolition. If incompetent parents want incompetent labels, let them have them, but don’t describe movies by labels which have no connection to the movie. Let neighborhood parents associations get together and watch movies and decide what’s good for their retarded or less retarded kids.

Isn’t the US the country of
I know it when I see it?
So, why not let everybody see it so they know it?!
BY DANA NEACSU: I know It When I See It – PG 13