Theaters can now enforce R-ratings with... a stern warning
Newsflash: Young children, even when accompanied by adults, should not be watching super-violent or sexed-up R-rated movies. Who’d have thunk it? The latest group to take this brave stand is none other than the MPAA ratings board, which is adding a new caveat to its description of an “R” rating. The new warning, which was announced yesterday at a press conference at ShoWest, will read: “Generally, it is not appropriate for parents to bring their young children with them to R-rated motion pictures.”
The addendum is in response to the soaring number of complaints from patrons tired of having to sit next to desensitized tweens mainlining images of heads getting lopped off and bodies being mutilated. Seeing as how kids clamoring to watch Gerry Butler slash through an army of Persians probably made up half of 300‘s record-breaking opening weekend, and hearing the buzz Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s uber-violent and nudity-filled Grindhouse is drumming up at SXSW, I question whether a mere written warning will have any effect whatsoever. What say you, PopWatchers?