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Out of curiousity, how many of you don't watch R-rated movies? How many of you know someone who refrains from watching a movie based on more "severe" rating?<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone hold this view for reasons other than conservative religious objections?<br><br><br><br>
My parents and 21-year-old sister are in the "Never watch R-rated movies" camp. In fact, my parents don't even let a PG-13 movie in their house without a recommendation from one of their friends. My mother says what was once considered R is now PG-13, and she prefers the previous standard.<br><br><br><br>
I remember someone in my church when I was in high school telling the youth group it was a sin to watch R-rated movies.<br><br><br><br>
Meanwhile, I don't care. If it's a good-quality movie, I don't care if it's rated G or PG-13 or R. Crap can't hide behind any rating.
 

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I don't watch them, because I don't usually enjoy them. I don't purposely avoid them because they are rated-R, but rather because I generally have no interest in them.
 

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I know alot of people (they are all deeply religious though) who don't let their kids watch even pg13 movies. I know a girl who's mom didn't let her watch a pg 13 movie until she was 17. she had seen them outside her house of course, but they werent allowed in the house.
 

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Can't a film get an R rating in the US simply for containing a lot of swearing?
 

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^^^Yes. I know parents who count the number of swear words in a movie, and if it reaches their appointed number (usually three), they turn the movie off.
 

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My parents (well my mom and step-dad, bio dad is another story) always thought it was kind of silly to prevent me from watching R rated films, so I was exposed to them from the time I was in late elementary school. I had a real thing for horror flicks and they just don't make any good ones in the G category. It didn't fry my little brain or anything, though I outgrew horror films when most kids outgrow cartoons (they're not very realistic). Billy Madison, south park, and other comedy's with lots of swearing were also on the approved list. My parent's figured if I could get the jokes I was old enough to watch it.<br><br><br><br>
Now that I'm old enough that ratings don't impair my ability to rent or watch the movie on my own I don't pay any attention to them. I don't think swearing, sexual content, violence, etc. make a bad movie and if tastefully done can all add a lot to a film. I also personally feel that Americans spend too much time protecting children from sexual content, swearing, etc. I agree that parent's should be able to censor what their children see, but I think that having laws about who can and cannot see a film because of it's rating is a bit over the top.
 

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I don't watch them for the same reason as veggiejane: I don't enjoy them. If they're rated R for violence/graphic imagery, I've frankly seen enough in real life to last me a lifetime. (Spent several years in the news industry, and did insurance photography on the side.) If they're rated R for language, again, I've been sworn at by enough people in real life and didn't particularly enjoy it on any occasion. I certainly see no reason to pay money for something that's going to hurl obscenities and profanity my way. If they're rated R for sexual content, again, not my cup of tea.<br><br><br><br>
Of course, there are a fair number of G, PG, and PG-13 movies I avoid as well. Most mass market "entertainment" simply annoys me.
 

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^^^Yes. I know parents who count the number of swear words in a movie, and if it reaches their appointed number (usually three), they turn the movie off.</div>
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<br><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">So much for <i>The Big Lebowski</i>.</span>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>~Brandon</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">So much for <i>The Big Lebowski</i>.</span></div>
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or movies like Erin Brockovich. What about films like the royal tenebaums? Amelie? Amelie is rated R.
 

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I watch R rated movies if i think its a good movie. Im not one for horror movies though. Some movies have very good storylines even if they are rated R. If I think a movie mite be a good one, Ill see it, no matter the rateing.<br><br><br><br>
also they have gotten into the habit around here of makeing you show your of age to buy movies if they have a certian rateing. I was trying to buy an anime once that was perfectly clean and non-violent however for whatever stupid reason it was rated for 18 and up. So I had to show the girl my id to be able to buy it. I thought it was silly since there was nothing wrong with the movie i bought.
 

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I avoid them, simply because I hate horror, excessive swearing and violence - there's enough real-life to fill my brain without clogging it with that stuff....<br><br><br><br>
My kids can only watch PG-13 if I am watching it with them - and they actually LIKE that I will take the time to sit down with them and watch "their" movies, (and have never yet expressed any interest in an "R" flick) so it all works out.<br><br><br><br>
We're not much into movies anyway - there's too many other things to do!
 

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I am with thebelovedtree. I come from an uncensored life so I've been watching "R" films from a very young age. I can't even remember how little I was when <i>Saving Private Ryan</i> came out, I must have been around 5 or 6 or so, and my parents took me to see it in theatres with them.<br><br><br><br>
My beau and I are big horror movie buffs, as well. I love horror/gore flicks so most of what I watch is rated R. I finally saw <i>Final Destination 3</i> the other day. Woo! Talk about gory.<br><br><br><br>
Sexual movies are ... meh ... I am more into action and horror/gore and so that's what I watch.<br><br><br><br>
Swearing ... I've been doing that for way too long, and so it doesn't even phase me. I don't notice how many curses are in a movie when I'm watching it because swearing, to me, is nothing but words expressing feelings and I've heard and done so much swearing in my lifetime it's just something I'm used to hearing so I don't take much notice of it.<br><br><br><br>
I don't know anyone who shields themselves from these kinds of flicks. My beau is just as much a horror fanatic as me and he and his best friend are really the only people I ever spend time with, so yeah.<br><br><br><br>
My mother doesn't avoid films because of their ratings, but she never watches anything horror/gore and if she is thinking about seeing something that could possibly have questionable content then I will watch it first and give her a "yay" or "nay" based on the content of the movie. My most recent example of this would be <i>The Wicker Man</i>. It was only PG-13 but the end is incredibly violent and disturbing [it was also disappointing]. This got a "nay" for my mother and she never watched it.
 

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I think the Departed was especially bad swearing-wise. The individual word counts may not break any records but the swearing was particularly descriptive and just ****ing nasty. It was actually so over the top that I think it was used for comical purposes.
 

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Yup. My best friend in high school made a pact with her father that neither of them would ever watch an R rated movie again. Because they were rated R for evilness, and they didn't need extra evilness in their lives.<br><br><br><br>
Personally, I think 'evilness' is a little too vague. If I personally wanted to avoid swearing or sex scenes or gory slasher films, I'll avoid the movies I know have those sorts of things. But I'm not gonna let some random group of movie raters do my thinking for me.
 

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If I personally wanted to avoid swearing or sex scenes or gory slasher films, I'll avoid the movies I know have those sorts of things. But I'm not gonna let some random group of movie raters do my thinking for me.</div>
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Exactly. I avoid movies that don't appeal to me, regardless of their ratings.<br><br><br><br>
I don't know anyone who avoids movies due to ratings. But when I was growing up, I was the only one of my friends allowed to watch PG & R movies until we were about 16 or so.
 

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As a rule of thumb I don't watch R-rated movies, but it depends on the genre. I scare easily so I avoid R-rated movies that seem like they might be "scary." But if a friend has seen it and describes the scary parts and it doesn't sound too bad, I'll watch it. Sometimes I don't watch PG-13 scary movies either (made the mistake once of saying "Oh it's PG-13, can't be too bad." Wrong!).<br><br><br><br>
But that's my desire not to have nightmares, not any sort of religious thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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