Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What's a pirates favorite movie?

ARRRRRRRR... rated movies!

Ba dum chi! I'll be here all day!

I've not seen an R-rated movie since... oh 2002. Why you ask? Well there's a couple of reason. One is religious but mainly, I'm a wuss puss. When a movie is rated R, it's indicating to me there is certain content that goes beyond my mental capacity to cope with. I also have a very vivid imagination and a capacity to recall images with deep clarity. Do I want blown up bodies floating around in my head as I try to get ready for bed or read an article for school? Not really. And many times, with the content of R movies, I feel I've left a piece of my soul in the theater. In general, they're just too much for me.

Of course, there are some "R categories" that I can handle more than others. Example: sex. I'm sensitive to watching people having sex on the big screen - as in I don't like it. Call me a prude but it makes me incredibly uncomfortable watching such a personal, intimate thing with a large group of people, on a 20 foot screen. Again, just a personal thing. I'm not suggesting to the wider world that sex is something to be ignored or shunned... just for me... I choose not to watch movies where sex might be a heavy, very visual, theme. I prefer to keep my sex exploration to personal experience and conversations. And truly, with sex themes it's not just the "R" movies but many PG-13's and network or cable television shows I purposely avoid when it's clear that will be the over-arching theme. Sex in the City? Never seen it. Don't care to. Don't want to. And that's just how I roll.

 I also don't like the extremely crass or crude language. Not a fan. And by crass and crude - this goes well beyond swears. I have little angel ears and they bleed when their bubbles are popped. Then there's the violence thing. Honestly - depending on the context of the violence (see: Saving Private Ryan vs. Blood Diamond) sometimes my tender heart can handle it, particularly when attached to historical significance, and sometimes.... no no no thank you. Horror movies would fall into that category of "no likey that chopping of the head and eating brains" movies for me. I watched AMC's the Walking Dead this last round and I will tell you, that's probably the pinnacle of violence acceptance my soul can handle. Even then there was some clean-up (pun intended!).

So what am I saying? Well, I've not seen an R movie since 2002 for religious reasons sure - but mainly because I'm a tender soul who just doesn't "feel right" after watching such things as an "R" rating may indicate.

All that said...

Last night I saw the King's Speech. And it was phe-nom-en-al. And why did I feel I could handle (justify) this "R" versus say, Black Swan? Well, I had it on good authority that the "R" rating was attached to the 20 something times the King, attempting to overcome his speech impediment, says the F word. And might I say, they were tastefully placed and contextually justifiable "F's". Comparing this "R" with some other "R's" I've heard of or seen advertised, or for heavens sake some PG-13's I felt sucked out my eternal SOUL, I had to scoff at the public's reliance on the MPAA's ability (or inability) to pass a public moral judgement on what is "R", "PG-13", or "PG" material. That a movie with  graphic sex scenes and human torture can receive the same rating as a movie like King's Speech with a handful of "contextual" F's is incredibly inconsistent. Perhaps it's yet one more commentary on the importance of individual judgement and the non-reliance on the "media" or "society" to inform the lay-person of acceptable content. Social Network (also loved) was by far and away more of an "R", in the connotation of what R means, than King's Speech. Then again, I AM a wuss puss and maybe there's someone out there that equates blown up bodies as just as graphic as 20 contextual F's. We all draw little moral circles around ourselves and live in such a way that makes us comfortable. R's - they mostly make me uncomfortable - but the King's Speech - inspiring and brilliant. Just one of those things...

7 comments:

jaime said...

I will have to see that movie! I've heard it's good from multiple people. I don't have the R qualms like you though so there's no reason I haven't seen it yet. I just thought it may have looked a bit boring...apparently I was wrong!
Speaking of R flicks, I will watch em unless it looks like a boobie sex film or there would be excessive amounts of the F word. shoot em up, cut em up, chopping heads off, eating brains...yes please! I love action films! 300 is one of my all time favs!! The bad part of loving these rough movies is that foul language is usually it's companion. It really sucks cause it ruins a movie for me. Also, I'm with you on the awkwardness of watching sex scenes though! I remember one of the first times I watched a bad movie, I was with my brother and there was this rape scene...worst moment in all my life! We couldn't even look at each other we felt so weird!!

Andrea Jolene said...

Jaime - Go see it! Now. Right now. Walk away from your computer and buy a ticket.

I think I could handle 300 actually. Gladiator is one of my all time favorite movies of all time and time. Times.

Craig Barlow B. said...

I haven't seen The King's Speech, because these days I only watch movies where bodies are being blown up. Are their no exploding bodies in The King's Speech?

Stacy said...

I also do not really watch R rated movies. My reasons are similar to yours--partly religious, and partly because I cannot handle violence. Through circumstances somewhat out of my control, I saw Black Hawk Down in college. I was so traumatized that I didn't speak for like 20 minutes after the movie. Anyway, I was also going to say that Slumdog Millionaire is one of those quality R-rated movies that will rock your world.

Marisa Jean said...

I've never, nope, not even once, seen a rated "R" movie for the exact reasons you posted. I'm quite leery of watching PG-13's for the same reason. However, I have been DYING to see the King's Speech. Since I first saw Colin Firth interviewed on The Early Show months ago, I've been interested and arguably eager to see it. Now the desire is even deeper.

Andrea Jolene said...

Marisa - not that I'd ever encourage you to go against your values - but go ahead and go against your values on this one ;) It's amazing.

Jennica said...

Andrea,

We were meant to be friends for sure! How is the MPA at the U? I am honestly dying in my program right now. I love it, but I am just trying to push through a semester of financial generals. It's all budgeting, accounting, finance and stats. Yikes!
Thanks for posting on my blog. I guess I will see you back at The Depot when Amos gets better!