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August 11th, 2016 at 11:32:26 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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I was thinking about Clint's "pussy generation" comment. One thing that Clint has almost always made R-rated films.

What happened to R-rated films? With the exception of 2014 when there were no big films and American Sniper was the biggest film of the year, the top films are seldom R-rated today. The last year when half the tickets sold were to R-rated films was 1992. The last year when 30% the tickets sold were to R-rated films was 2003.

Pretty Women in 1990 launched Julia Roberts to superstardom.

Many R-rated films today are frequently horror and comedy. The straight up thriller made for adults is not non-existent, but getting rare. Even more rare is the highbrow R-rated film like "The King's Speech" or "Saving Private Ryan".

Percentage of movie gross from R-rated films
2016 21% Deadpool / The Conjuring 2 / The Purge: Election Year
2015 24% The Revenant / Fifty Shades of Grey / Straight Outta Compton / Mad Max: Fury Road
2014 26% American Sniper
2013 28% The Heat
2012 27% Ted
2011 21% The Hangover Part II
2010 24% The King's Speech
2009 23% The Hangover
2008 23% Sex and the City
2007 26% 300
2006 22% The Departed
2005 21% Wedding Crashers
2004 22% The Passion of the Christ
2003 30% The Matrix Reloaded
2002 23% 8 Mile
2001 30% Hannibal
2000 32% Gladiator
1999 43% The Matrix
1998 37% Saving Private Ryan
1997 39% Air Force One
1996 41% Jerry Maguire
1995 39% Seven
1994 35% True Lies
1993 35% The Firm
1992 50% Lethal Weapon 3 /A Few Good Men / The Bodyguard / Basic Instinct / Unforgiven
1991 47% Terminator 2: Judgment Day / The Silence of the Lambs / Sleeping with the Enemy
1990 43% Pretty Woman / Total Recall / Die Hard 2: Die Harder
1989 34% Lethal Weapon 2
1988 51% Rain Man / Coming to America / Die Hard
1987 51% Fatal Attraction / Beverly Hills Cop II / Good Morning, Vietnam
1986 39% Platoon / Aliens / Ruthless People
1985 33% Rambo: First Blood Part II
1984 34% Beverly Hills Cop
1983 46% Flashdance
1982 44% An Officer and a Gentleman / Porky's / 48 HRS.
August 12th, 2016 at 1:29:23 PM permalink
Nareed
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Once I was 18, the legal age for everything in Mexico, I quit noticing movie ratings. So I've no idea whether a movie is G, PG, R, X or whatever. Often the distinction is graphic violence, which I don't care for, or profanity, which I don't much care for (it tends to be so overused it loses all impact).

I think mostly teens and parents with children even care about ratings anymore.
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August 12th, 2016 at 4:36:45 PM permalink
terapined
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An R rating is meaningless these days
Few months after release, its on DVD and streaming for anybody to view regardless of age
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August 12th, 2016 at 6:18:49 PM permalink
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I think it's cuz back in the day movies were a thing. If you wanted to see anything, you almost had to go. At least we did; VCR's were like $400 in 80's money, so like a couple thousand today (or whatever).

Now it's too easy to get whatever right at home (often for free, depending on your ethics). Any time I've been near the movies (granted, just between 1400 - 1800hrs) all I see is minors or children and moms. I cannot name one adult I know that's gone to the movies in the last decade. So if your market is age 6 - 16.....
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August 12th, 2016 at 6:49:17 PM permalink
terapined
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I. I cannot name one adult I know that's gone to the movies in the last decade. So if your market is age 6 - 16.....


I only see the big event movies at the Imax dome, 2 in the last few years.
The latest Star Wars and Interstellar
otherwise would rather watch at home
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August 12th, 2016 at 7:00:15 PM permalink
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I only see the big event movies at the Imax dome, 2 in the last few years.
The latest Star Wars and Interstellar
otherwise would rather watch at home


Same. I saw the last LotR in theatre, and that was my last visit. First in a decade, too. I'd see something "huge" (like The Dark Tower, if they ever make it), but for a rando that'll be online in a month? Pah.
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August 12th, 2016 at 7:28:52 PM permalink
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My theory is that with nudity and violence so easily found on the Internet, one doesn't need to pay for it any longer. I think the last movie I saw with a lot of nudity was Eyes Wide Shut.

I'll never forget my first R-rated movie, the Blue Lagoon. I sneaked into it at a multi-screen place, after buying a ticket to some other movie.
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August 12th, 2016 at 7:44:48 PM permalink
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I'll never forget my first R-rated movie, the Blue Lagoon.


That was R-rated?? I saw it when I was 12! In a theater, with some of my cousins, and I remember my aunt took us.
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August 12th, 2016 at 9:05:20 PM permalink
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That was R-rated?? I saw it when I was 12! In a theater, with some of my cousins, and I remember my aunt took us.


Us Americans are prudes about nudity. Just one second of boobs will make a movie R rated, especially if the character is young.
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August 12th, 2016 at 9:41:16 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: Wizard
Us Americans are prudes about nudity. Just one second of boobs will make a movie R rated, especially if the character is young.


That may be, but film makers would probably be more careful to edit a film today to get a PG-13 rating. Also that was 36 years ago, and the popular R rated films that year are not usually thought of as very intense today.

Stir Crazy - Gene Wilder & Richard Pryor
Private Benjamin - Goldie Hawn
The Blue Lagoon - 14 year old Brooke Shields
The Blues Brothers - John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd
Ordinary People - Robert Redford & Mary Tyler Moore
The Shining - Jack Nicholson
Cheech & Chong's Next Movie



The Split, starring Jim Brown and Gene Hackman.
Rosemary's Baby was released in June of 1968, so it would not have been rated.


Quote: Wizard
I'll never forget my first R-rated movie, the Blue Lagoon. I sneaked into it at a multi-screen place, after buying a ticket to some other movie.

Of course! That is how I saw Lenny with Dustin Hoffman in 1974.
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