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10th Feb '16 1:24:03 PM twilicorn
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* Related to this trope, and RatedMForMoney, the horror movie parody, ''Film/StudentBodies'', had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzHKwhrN1Lg this scene]] in the middle of the film, in which an announcer appears and explains, "Ladies and gentlemen, in order to achieve an "R" rating today, a motion picture must contain full frontal nudity, graphic violence, or an explicit reference to the sex act. Since this film has none of those, and since research has proven that R-rated films are by far the most popular with the moviegoing public, the producers of this motion picture have asked me to take this opportunity to say [[PrecisionFStrike "Fuck you."]] Every theatrical movie has to display the trademarked MPAA logo and its assigned Rating at some point during the film. Most choose to show this at the very end after the credits, and a few choose to show it at the very beginning prior to the studio's logo. ''Student Bodies'' showed it right after the above announcement in the middle of the film.
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* Related to this trope, and RatedMForMoney, the horror movie parody, ''Film/StudentBodies'', had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzHKwhrN1Lg this scene]] in the middle of the film, in which an announcer appears and explains, "Ladies and gentlemen, in order to achieve an "R" rating today, a motion picture must contain full frontal nudity, graphic violence, or an explicit reference to the sex act. Since this film has none of those, and since research has proven that R-rated films are by far the most popular with the moviegoing public, the producers of this motion picture have asked me to take this opportunity to say [[PrecisionFStrike "Fuck you."]] "]][[note]]As an additional note: Every theatrical movie has to display the trademarked MPAA logo and its assigned Rating at some point during the film. Most choose to show this at the very end after the credits, and a few choose to show it at the very beginning prior to the studio's logo. ''Student Bodies'' showed it right after the above announcement in the middle of the film.[[/note]]
7th Feb '16 9:17:13 AM StFan
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* The infamous line "Oh shit, what are we gonna do now?" from the 1986 ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' was there to give it a PG rating (and "Open, dammit, open!" may have served that purpose too). This was reportedly in order to force parents to accompany their children to the theater, [[MerchandiseDriven so they would know which toys to buy]]. Like ''Franchise/StarWars'', this didn't work in the UK, where it got a U rating (though the line is missing from some DVD versions).
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* The infamous line "Oh shit, what are we gonna do now?" from the 1986 ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' was there to give it a PG rating (and "Open, dammit, open!" may have served that purpose too). This was reportedly in order to force parents to accompany their children to the theater, [[MerchandiseDriven so they would know which toys to buy]]. Like ''Franchise/StarWars'', this didn't work in the UK, where it got a U rating (though the line is missing from some DVD versions).
4th Feb '16 7:18:28 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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* In America, the 1997 {{biopic}} ''The Harmonists'' gained an R rating purely for some quick shots of nudity. Other than that and some intense scenes, the film otherwise contains no real objectionable content, and sex is neither shown nor discussed.
26th Jan '16 7:16:38 PM CalzoneManiac365
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** In the UK, the movie ''Film/SpiderMan1'' has been [[OlderThanTheyThink mis-associated]] with an overhaul of the BBFC ratings system. A large number of parents thought its 12 rating (legally enforced) was too high, and they wanted their younger children to be able to see it, leading some local councils (who have the the final say on film certificates) to let the film be released as PG or PG-12. This coincided with the introduction of, and pretty much replacement in cinemas by, the 12A rating (still legally restricted to this age, and still labelled as just 12 for video, but adults may bring minors if they feel the film is appropriate).
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** In the UK, the movie ''Film/SpiderMan1'' has been [[OlderThanTheyThink mis-associated]] with an overhaul of the BBFC ratings system. A large number of parents thought its 12 rating (legally enforced) was too high, and they wanted their younger children to be able to see it, leading some local councils (who have the the final say on film certificates) to let the film be released as PG or PG-12. This coincided with the introduction of, and pretty much replacement in cinemas by, the 12A rating (still legally restricted to this age, and still labelled as just 12 for video, but adults may bring minors if they feel the film is appropriate). The first film to be rated 12A upon its original release was ''Film/TheBourneIdentity''.
17th Jan '16 11:31:51 AM Anddrix
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** ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'': No profanity this time, but some "mild rude humor" such as a scene with a woman in a bikini laying on the beach, [=SpongeBob=] accidentally mooning Patrick, and some trippy, drug-induced sequences (including a direct [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001]] reference) seem to have been added for the PG rating.
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** ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'': No profanity this time, but some Some "mild rude humor" such as a scene with a woman in a bikini laying on the beach, [=SpongeBob=] accidentally mooning Patrick, a censored curse word, and some trippy, drug-induced sequences (including a direct [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001]] reference) seem to have been added for the PG rating.
10th Jan '16 4:36:20 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'' has one use of "damning", one apparent use of "jackass", one use of "freaking", and jokes such as SpongeBob and Patrick getting [[DrunkOnMilk drunk on ice cream]] in order to give the film a PG rating.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'' has one use of "damning", one apparent use of "jackass", one use of "freaking", and jokes such as SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick getting [[DrunkOnMilk drunk on ice cream]] in order to give the film a PG rating.
3rd Jan '16 1:49:12 PM MarkLungo
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* Inverted in the case of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}''. Early promotional material said it was rated PG. Fox responded by pushing the film's release back a week (with only three months to release, no less) and edited it down to G by reanimating a pivotal scene. Despite this though iTunes (to this day no less) mistakenly rates the film PG
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* Inverted in the case of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}''. Early promotional material said it was rated PG. Fox responded by pushing the film's release back a week (with only three months to release, no less) and edited it down to G by reanimating a pivotal scene. Despite this though iTunes (to this day no less) mistakenly rates the film PGPG.
3rd Jan '16 1:35:39 PM Mario876
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I have been on iTunes and it rated Rio PG for whatever reason even though it's rated g
* Inverted in the case of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}''. Early promotional material said it was rated PG. Fox responded by pushing the film's release back a week (with only three months to release, no less) and edited it down to G by reanimating a pivotal scene.
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* Inverted in the case of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}''. Early promotional material said it was rated PG. Fox responded by pushing the film's release back a week (with only three months to release, no less) and edited it down to G by reanimating a pivotal scene. Despite this though iTunes (to this day no less) mistakenly rates the film PG
21st Dec '15 11:28:44 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/StreetFighter'' was aiming at PG-13, but its first pass got an R rating due to the violence. After some desperate re-editing, the violence had been scaled so far back that it got a dreaded PG, so the filmmakers added a scene where Guile says, "I'm too old for this shit" to nudge it into the sweet spot of PG-13.
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* ''Film/StreetFighter'' was aiming at PG-13, but its first pass got an R rating due to the violence. After some desperate re-editing, the violence had been scaled so far back that it got a dreaded PG, G, so the filmmakers added a scene where Guile says, "I'm too old for this shit" to nudge it into the sweet spot of PG-13.
21st Dec '15 11:03:18 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}'' was originally rated NC-17 (though movies with this rating don't get advertised on TV), and was forced to undergo some minor cuts to get its target R-rating. Director Creator/WesCraven learned from this experience, and inserted MORE violence than he actually wanted in ''Film/{{Scream 2}}'' so that after getting an NC-17, he could cut down all the unnecessary violence to the level he wanted, creating a sort of an illusion that the film was censored down to healthy R-rated material. Ironically, the explicit cut of that film still received an R-rating.

* Inverted with ''Film/RoboCop1987,'' which was given an X rating 11 times before Paul Verhoeven finally toned down the violence and added enough lighthearted moments to get an R rating. Years later, cue fan outrage upon learning [[Film/RoboCop2014 the reboot]] will be PG-13. * Major aversion: ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre1974'' features extremely little visible blood or gore and no nudity, drug use or swearing. Director Tobe Hooper was actually ''aiming'' for a PG rating. The film was rated R nevertheless. * ''Film/TopsyTurvy'' would bore kids, but if you want to make it G, all you have to do is cut an optional scene with topless (and fleetingly bottomless) prostitutes. ** Also, one character uses the word "fucking" which was not in general use as a swear word at the time. He immediately {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it by saying "Pardon my [[ForeignCussWord Anglo-Saxon]]." * Inverted by ''Film/{{UHF}}'', which would have been a PG-rated movie (for four utterances of "hell") if not for two scenes of comic bloody violence and a flying poodle scene that Music/WeirdAlYankovic refused to cut, giving it a PG-13 rating. Al never felt that the film deserved the PG-13 even with those scenes.
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* Inverted with ''Film/RoboCop1987,'' which was given an X rating 11 times before Paul Verhoeven finally toned down the violence and added enough lighthearted moments to get an R rating. Years later, cue fan outrage upon learning [[Film/RoboCop2014 the reboot]] will be PG-13. * Major aversion: ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre1974'' features extremely little visible blood or gore and no nudity, drug use or swearing. Director Tobe Hooper was actually ''aiming'' for a PG rating. The film was rated R nevertheless. * ''Film/TopsyTurvy'' would bore kids, but if you want to make it G, all you have to do is cut an optional scene with topless (and fleetingly bottomless) prostitutes. ** prostitutes. Also, one character uses the word "fucking" which was not in general use as a swear word at the time. He immediately {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it by saying "Pardon my [[ForeignCussWord Anglo-Saxon]]." * Inverted by ''Film/{{UHF}}'', which would have been a PG-rated movie (for four utterances of "hell") if not for two scenes of comic bloody violence and a flying poodle scene that Music/WeirdAlYankovic refused to cut, giving it a PG-13 rating. Al never felt that the film deserved the PG-13 even with those scenes."

* ''Film/GetHard'' was directed by Creator/WillFerrell and Creator/KevinHart specifically to have an "R" rating because of the film's subject placement, being set in a prison.

* {{Inversion}}: the UK release of ''Film/MrsDoubtfire''. When the film initially came out in cinemas, it came with a restrictive 12 rating. This led to hundreds of complaints from both the general public and individual cinemas; one cinema in Scunthorpe reported having to "''turn away hundreds of tearful family groups''". Even though several local authorities had already decided to re-rate the film as PG uncut, the BBFC came to the decision of re-releasing the film at PG, albiet an edited version with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGFH7Z1jWKI part of this scene (see 0:35-0:54)]] cut out. The uncut '12' version was withdrawn from cinemas and replaced with the cut 'PG' version in May of 1994.
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