Kirby Dick's provocative film investigates the secretive and inconsistent process by which the Motion Picture Association of America rates films. Kirby looks at some of the controversial rating decisions of the past four decades, hires a private eye to find out who these anonymous raters are and puts his own film through the rating process.
MPAA Rating: Not rated
DVD, 4x3 letterboxed, region 1; Dolby Digital.
Interviews with John Waters, Kevin Smith, Matt Stone, Kimberly Peirce, Atom Egoyan, Darren Aronofsky, Mary Harron, Wayne Kramer, Maria Bello, Bingham Ray.
Music, Dondi Bastone ; directors of photography, Shana Hagan, Amy Vincent, Kirsten Johnson ; editor, Matthew Clarke ; written material by Kirby Dick, Eddie Schmidt, and Matt Patterson.
Originally released in 2006 as a motion picture.
Special features: audio comentary ; Q&A with Kirby Dick at 2006 SXSW Film Festival; deleted scenes.
Consensus: A fascinating and entertaining film that will open many eyes to the often-questioned tactics of the MPAA and their ratings sytem.
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