Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Soon Casablanca will have an NC-17 rating


A. O. Scott of the New York Times is not a fan of the new Scorsese movie. I’ll wait until it comes out on cable to judge it for myself.

However, I had to laugh at the explanation of the movie’s “R” rating at the end of the article:

“Shutter Island” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). Blood, swearing, cigarettes.

Cigarettes? I think most children have seen cigarettes, often without their parent or adult guardian, and haven’t needed therapy. Cigarettes are now part of the movie rating system? I think the only people who need to be shielded from the shocking scenes of tobacco use are the editors of the New York Times and the people who decide the movie ratings.

Just imagine if some ate a Twinkee or some Oreo cookies. It would probably cause the return of many obscenity laws.

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