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Restricted !!

January 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Today i was attending a movie at golden stars cinema, when an incident happen that made me really wanna write about in my blog .. it’s been so long since i had this feeling but i was soOOooo excited about it …
I returned home, logged in to my word-press account to find the surprise … I have not blogged one post from exactly 2 years !!
I used to love sharing my thoughts and writing and drawing and enjoying sometime on my blog, the feedback always counts..I will do my best to keep it up and write more often 🙂

Anyways, for some reason in Egypt now, there is a huge improvement in the foreign movie distribution. Variety of movies arrive Egypt sooner than they used to, if not in the same time of release at the USA ..
Recently, two “R”  rated movies were screened in Egypt, and they are considered two of the most important movies of 2013 .. The wolf of wall street & August: Osage County..
The two movies are great, their makers are the best in the industry and the 2 movies are nominated for Oscars in different departments …
First let me explain for those of you who doesn’t understand the film ratings:
MPAA or the Motion Picture Association of America introduced the system of rating in 1968 in order to provide parents with advance information about the content of movies to help them determine what movies are appropriate for their children at any age. The ratings are not intended to approve, disapprove or censor any movie.

The Ratings are … (as copied from Wikipedia)

G General Audiences “Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.”On the box: “All ages admitted”
PG Parental Guidance Suggested “Parents urged to give ‘parental guidance.’ May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.”On the box: “Some material may not be suitable for children”
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned “Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.”On the box: “Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13”
R Restricted “Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.”On the box: “Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian”
NC-17 No One 17 and Under Admitted “Clearly adult. Children are not admitted.”On the box: Same as the meaning

Here in Egypt we don’t have such specification, if any movie contains inappropriate material of any quantity or quality, it’s just labeled ” For Adults Only”
and thus the people working at the cinemas may not have an understanding for what the letter written there on the poster represents.. and accordingly most foreign movies are all ages admitted given the fact that Egyptian cinemas don’t screen nudity and sex scenes due to social beliefs ..

What Happened in The Wolf of Wall Street, was a bit ordinary, some teenagers, say 15 years old attended the movie. it contains some inappropriate language and excessive use of the word FUCK .. but again they are teenagers and they already hear it and say it .. besides it’s a comedy crime movie starring Leo Di Caprio, so it may be an attraction to their age !
what i faced today in August: Osage Country was a bit strange and it made me really think that it’s about time to introduce a certain rating system in Egypt or at least abide to the rating system applied for decades.
August:Osage County is a Drama movie, about a family misery. The movie deals with many social problems facing the the american community and is very breathtaking specially with the stunning performance of both Myrel streep and Julia Roberts. Just around the beginning of the movie a group of 13 years old girls entered the hall, laughing all the way till they reached their chairs. 15 mins later they started laughing again without a specific reason. Every one around them started shouting at them and shushing them! this incident repeated right after the intermission and at a very important and moving part towards the end of the movie, the thing that forced one of the attendees to call for the security and get them kicked out of the hall, of course they didn’t get out easily and distracted us from seeing the rest of the movie ..
I don’t ask a bunch of 13 years old gals to understand anything the movie was saying, i don’t want them to understand a movie discussing divorce and separation, cheating and drug addiction.. I just don’t want them to see it in the first place .. Disney’s FROZEN or any other Arabic comedy would have been a great entertainment for them ..

I had 2 problems today !
who permitted them to attend this movie in the first place? and who is blamed for letting them so disrespectful to others ?