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    Does anyone here know if there are actual legal ramifications to admitting a person under the age of 17 to an R-Rated movie? I know there are rules for harder fare on the books, but I'm not clear on whether or not the MPAA rating system carries with it the weight of any state or federal laws.
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    Not that I know of.

    The ratings are a guideline to parents, not laws.

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      Originally posted by Pokerface
      Does anyone here know if there are actual legal ramifications to admitting a person under the age of 17 to an R-Rated movie? I know there are rules for harder fare on the books, but I'm not clear on whether or not the MPAA rating system carries with it the weight of any state or federal laws.
      I'm pretty sure there are no federal laws like that. I wouldn't be surprised if some states had laws enforcing the ratings, though...

      Something particular in mind? You don't work at a movie theater, do you?
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        Originally posted by CingularDuality
        I'm pretty sure there are no federal laws like that. I wouldn't be surprised if some states had laws enforcing the ratings, though...

        Something particular in mind? You don't work at a movie theater, do you?
        Actually, the train of thought as it left the station included this little tidbit here, speaking of banning the sales of M-rated video games to minors, punishable by stiff fines.
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            Originally posted by _Ender_
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              if you read the actual wording on movie ratings, it says "without parent...." R says it I know....

              here: http://www.mpaa.org/movieratings/

              nc-17 says no one under 17 period.... r says not without a parent, pg-13 and under carry no real restrictions.....
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                Originally posted by Pokerface
                Actually, the train of thought as it left the station included this little tidbit here, speaking of banning the sales of M-rated video games to minors, punishable by stiff fines.
                Crazy... I'm so sick of people trying to legislate morality... Where the hell are the parents??? ( :o As I type this, my child is playing Joint Operations...)
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                  People have been legislating morality since the dawn of time. What's new is the idea that this is inappropriate. And who decides where to draw the line?

                  Murder is bad, but maybe statutory rape is ok? Statutory rape is bad but pornograpic images on TV that will probably be seen by children is fine? Porn on tv is bad but showing up at a public pool with children present wearing a thong and nothing on top is ok? Etc.

                  Put it another way. Is it ok for a child to see an r-rated movie?

                  If so, is it ok for Michael Jackson to take your son to see The Crying Game? Or a teacher to show it in class at school?

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                    Re: Attention Smart People

                    Originally posted by _Ender_
                    Not that I know of.

                    The ratings are a guideline to parents, not laws.

                    yeah but it gets hazy when you talk about selling... or paying for someone to watch.... i wouldnt know i just thought thats what he is asking.


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                      Re: Attention Smart People

                      Originally posted by leejo
                      People have been legislating morality since the dawn of time. What's new is the idea that this is inappropriate. And who decides where to draw the line?

                      Murder is bad, but maybe statutory rape is ok? Statutory rape is bad but pornograpic images on TV that will probably be seen by children is fine? Porn on tv is bad but showing up at a public pool with children present wearing a thong and nothing on top is ok? Etc.

                      Put it another way. Is it ok for a child to see an r-rated movie?

                      If so, is it ok for Michael Jackson to take your son to see The Crying Game? Or a teacher to show it in class at school?
                      Well, in this particular instance, I'm just looking for some precedence in an industry with a similar setup; if there were a legal precendent to enforcing through law a rating system that is in no way governmentally created, I'd still think this would all be stupid, but at least I could say "Well, they're stupid, but consistently so."

                      Government having a hand in morality -- eh, I could take it or leave it, right this second at least. But turning a system devised and applied by private concerns into something with punitive weight tossed behind it is a little batty, to say the least. I'd like to think that if government wanted to get in on this action, they'd make their own judging body.
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