HOLLYWOOD, (WordNews.org) Dec. 31, 2012 – Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED, in theaters now, should be rated NC-17, not R.
That’s according to the Christian Film & Television Commission, an advocacy group in Hollywood, that is is petitioning the Motion Picture Association of America to change the rating of the ultra-violent film.
“This movie ends with two of the most violent scenes we’ve ever seen in more than 27 years of reviewing movies,” said founder and spokesman Ted Baehr. “As countless research studies and recent events in Connecticut have shown, some young boys and men like to imitate the violence they see in movies, TV, and video games.”
Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission ministry and director of its family guide to movies and entertainment, Movieguide. He said the movie shows blood erupting like lava from bodies when people are shot. Also in the movie, a slave is eaten by dogs and a man hanging upside down is threatened with castration.
“Rating DJANGO NC-17 would be the right thing to do,” Baehr said.
He quoted the film’s star, actor Jamie Foxx, saying there is a connection between movie violence and violence in the real world.
“We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn’t have a sort of influence,” Foxx said. “It does.”
An NC-17 ensures that no under 17 can see the movie, but an R rating means that a child can see the movie if accompanied by parent or another adult.
“There are many confused parents out there,” Baehr said. “Public safety demands that ignorant or irresponsible filmmakers not be allowed to corrupt children with graphic violence or explicit sexual images and content.”