Thursday, February 21, 2008

Rate This MoFo!

Yesterday, I posted that I'd achieved an NC-17 rating here. BooYah!

This led to some other UCF members checking their ratings and posting them. (And subsequently, cursing themselves blue so they wouldn't be stuck with a G.)

Eric wrote a far ranging piece that exemplifies his fine writing in the brief time I've been visiting his blog. (He was probably writing terrific stuff before I knew about his blog, but hey, I haven't read the whole archive. Gimme a break.)

All of this led me to think about something I just noticed a couple of days ago. IMDB has a Parents' Guide I never noticed before. Like much of IMDB's content, its dependant on people contributing.

To IMDB's defense, they specifically ask contributors to stick to the bare facts and not to inject opinions. They're exact wording is:

Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, that you instead use this new feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes .

That's really about all you can ask of them when trying to set up a new feature.

Is it working?

Here's a comment about Bambi (1942):

"There's a scene where this other deer tries to steal Faline from Bambi so they fight. Bambi wins as usual because we all know that the hero always wins."

I don't have any decided opinion about this new feature, but I bet there are going to be some hysterical entries if you just figure out where to look.


Tania said...

What about Dumbo? The first two things that come to mind for me are notes on Child Labor (Dumbo is a kid)and Drug Culture (Pink Elephants).

Oh my, this will be interesting.

John the Scientist said...

Tania - that psycheliec scene from Dumbo was repeated almost verbatimin the Hefflumps and Woozles scene in Winnie the Pooh.

Two down!

Jim Wright said...

Well, we don't even want to go down the Tinky Winky road.

Hopefully it'll be better than the IMDB comment thread troll fest, but I wouldn't bet on it.