Anyone with even a fleeting interest in US cinema should see this entertaining and illuminating doc by Kirby Dick, which scrutinises the secretive workings of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). This organisation has the authority to classify every film, yet the decisions of its anonymous employees (who have to be parents) aren’t subject to any public accountability and invariably favour corporate interests.
Making imaginative use of graphics, cartoons with speech bubbles and hiring a private eye to track down the identities of MPAA staffers, Dick also interviews filmmakers who’ve seen their work given the kiss of death after being awarded an NC-17. Lesson? Clearly, two adults enjoying the act of sex is more dangerous to society than serving up gratuitous violence in the name of entertainment.
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