If you've been friends with me for any period of time, you've probably heard me utter the words, "I don't watch R-rated movies." I own over 550 movies and not a single one of them is of that rating.
You see, it is easier to simply give that blanket statement than to say, "If I feel it is a historically important film - aka Schindler's List - then I will watch it. Or if someone knows me well and can fast forward anything I'm sensitive about then I'm okay. Or if there is no nudity and only two F-bombs. Or, or, or." I hate when people don't know me well and try to convince me to watch something I'm nervous about because, "Well you watched that R-rated film, why not this one?"
I'm a sensitive soul. Regardless of if I were LDS or not, I would not watch a lot of the more crude films. I do not care to see other people's sexy time or explicit guts or drug use or hear the F-bomb fifty times. I have a very vivid imagination - I get the point. I have a ClearPlay to edit when in doubt. Basically, what I'm saying is that I have seen less than two dozen
R-rated films in my life because it is just easier, given all the
contributing factors to that decision.
Here's where I confuse the snot out of myself. The filter I have with movies is not the same filter I have with stage productions. My favorite musical is Jersey Boys. I haven't counted in any of my three viewings thus far, but I'm pretty sure they drop the F-bomb at least 40 times in that show. Once and Next to Normal are both productions with some heavy swearing and mature content, yet both are shows I would highly recommend. Honestly? These productions enrich me instead of offend me. Greatly enrich me...touching some place deep inside of me I rarely know exists except when I am enraptured in these shows.
Back to the movies.
Two nights ago I had my first experience with Waiting for Guffman. It is rated-R. And I love this movie - I laughed my face off (I'd say laughed my butt off, but it is still quite prominently there...as is my face, but you get the point). If you have ever been in any community theater production, this movie should be on your must-see list.
But what about the rating? I am disillusioned. Was this movie offensive or crass? Not at all, in my opinion. In fact, I would venture to say that at least half of the PG-13 movies I have recently seen were much, much, much more assaulting to sensitivities.
So where is the line? R-rated films are of the devil, right? I'm afraid to say that is far from true. A good standard, yes, but not all-encompassing.
What are your opinions and viewing habits on pirate movies? Pirate movies? Yes. Rated Arrrrrrggggghhhh.