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Insiders weigh in on the MPAA

Michael Moore and other Hollywood vets share their thoughts on the ratings war

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”It’s astonishing that an industry would be allowed to regulate itself. It’d be like the pharmaceutical companies saying, ‘Hey, we’ll take over the FDA.”’ —Kirby Dick, director of This Film Is Not Yet Rated

”It’s not a perfect system. But when you consider the different forces that make up this industry, plus the [concerns of] parents, it works pretty well.” —Tim Warner, CEO of Cinemark Theatres

”My documentaries have [almost] all been rated R. They should have been PG or PG-13. Teachers show them in schools all the time because there’s nothing [objectionable].” —Michael Moore, filmmaker

”They literally count the number of F-words and base it on that. Their method isn’t very helpful to parents because there’s no context for the ratings.” —Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media

(Reporting by Adam Markovitz, Keither Staskiewicz, and John Young)