Hello, Wilson here. Amid the announcement that the Weinstein Company will be releasing it’s embattled documentary Bully unrated rather than accepting the MPAA’s decision to grant the film an R rating, Mr. Struggan took some time to watch IFC’s 2006 documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated. The film has been on Mr. Struggan’s watch list for quite a while, and filmmaker Kirby Dick did not disappoint with his explicative history of the MPAA, which is interspersed with informative interviews with filmmakers who have butted heads with the MPAA in the past and the adventures of the private investigator hired by Dick to discover the identities of the members of their clandestine rating board.
As the film points out, the manner in which the Hollywood studio system has colluded to protect itself by establishing the MPAA bares all the characteristics of a censorship cartel (one that does little to protect moviegoers, though the MPAA rating board champions itself as an ardent defender of family values). The arguments made in This Film is Not Yet Rated, combined with Dick’s attempts to troll the MPAA by asking them to rate a documentary about themselves, provide some clever and informative entertainment, and Mr. Struggan wholeheartedly suggests you take some time to watch it, especially with what the MPAA is doing in an attempt to censor Bully needlessly.
Mr. Struggan sends his regards.