MPAA Ratings to See Changes Following Bombings


Recent tragedies have left America feeling numb; numb to the point where if it was a scene of a movie, "rated-R" would be an understatement. Moving forward, motion pictures will be seeing effects from the recent devastation.

The rating system you will see displayed on movie covers will also be changed on posters and in pre-trailer screens. It is a step forward for the motion picture industry to help parents make the best choices about what movies are right for their children to watch.

More than a week following the explosions in Boston, the Motion Picture Association of America has announced changes to its rating system.

"I think it's necessary so they can know what to expect. They'd want to know if it's going to be a bombing scene, or a scene that may be controversial to what is going on now," said Casey Stangl, shift manager at Kearney 8 Cinema.

It is all designed to help monitor violence in media.

"People do terrible things to other people, and you can use movies to show [children] that people do these for some reason, and some don't," shared Aaron Dunlop, Kearney resident.

Do or don't, the "Check The Box" campaign will include prominent descriptions explaining why a movie received its rating. From a bigger font size, to more detailed information on the front of your standard DVD, local attendants say the new system will give you more of a heads up.

"I know a lot of trailers on the green screen will say ‘sexual content, violence, etc.,' and now I've noticed throughout the years, it's a little longer as it says specifically what to expect," shared Stangl.

Working on explanations has been a goal for the MPAA for a while, and locals say even in Nebraska, it is necessary.

"It has to be that way now due to all the stuff happening these days," stated Stangl.

On the contrary, other's say the MPAA has acted a little too late.

"I think it's pretty irrelevant at this point. Nothing is going to change. That ship has sailed," said Dunlop.