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funny little indicator of societal change

While scrolling through television channels this afternoon I came upon the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet.

I remember this movie vividly.  68 was when they first began using the G PG R rating system.  Romeo and Juliet was rated R.  I know because my best friend's older sister got us into see it because we weren't old enough.  I remember it being almost hard to enjoy the movie feeling so awful about being "bad".

But wait what is the rating of this 1968 R movie today.  It's a PG movie.

Just what has changed that a movie that supposedly wasn't fit for children in 1968 is now fit for children.  Not even a PG13 rating a straight PG rating.

Food for thought.

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Senior Contributor

Re: funny little indicator of societal change

Given the substance of 50 Shades, I doubt that would have gotten out of the porn stores at that time, if it was made at all. Look at the change of media ownership over the years. Less studios and larger corporations don't care what the public. Putting a R on a movie actually attracts moviegoers--like you did in 68 instead of detracts.

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Re: funny little indicator of societal change

Winn was over tonight, and we started playing cartoons he could watch. Mike commented that when we were that age, we watched what the adults were watching. I replied that that was what's on METV these days, certainly not SOA, Breaking Bad, etc.

I may be wrong, but the movie you watched in a theatre than might have been edited for subsequent play on broadcast TV...thus, a G or PG rating. Thereare ofyen several different " cuts" of a movie.


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