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MPAA Adjusts Rating Description for "Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

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Posted by: Mel
October 27, 2010, 05:01 AM

As you may recall, the MPAA rated "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" as PG-13 for "sequences of intense action violence and frightening imagery." They have since amended their reasoning for giving "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" a PG-13 rating by adding "brief sensuality."

"Deathly Hallows: Part 1" will be released November 19th.

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either way…i’m excited!!! :D

Posted by chocairplane on October 27, 2010, 01:08 PM report to moderator
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Perhaps they are referring to Ron’s vision of Harry and Hermione in the scene where he destroys the locket.

Posted by AvanelleWood on October 27, 2010, 01:11 PM report to moderator
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“Does the MPAA use a stopwatch to decide if the sensuality is brief??”

EPIC WIN!

Posted by hallowman on October 27, 2010, 01:19 PM report to moderator
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children can go to a movie rated up to R when accompanied by an adult.

Posted by noxiousCaitSith on October 27, 2010, 01:44 PM report to moderator
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I am sure that the PG rating is because of the locket scene. I am still going to that movie, no matter what rating it gets!
Posted by Fresca ROAR on October 27, 2010, 02:02 PM report to moderator
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From what I’ve read, it sounds like the vision that the locket shows Ron of Harry and Hermione kissing is rendered in the movie with them being nude from the waist up, but as they are locked in an embrace this will only be apparent from a back view. Thus it would qualify as ‘sensuality’ but not cross the line into what the MPAA would classify as lewdness or outright nudity. It would still take some explaining to little kids, so parents are well-advised to leave them home if they’re not comfortable with that idea. Then again, it never fails to amaze me how much explicit violence and gore many parents will expose their little ones to in the movies – why a little mild sensuality is seen as worse is beyond me.

Posted by WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator} on October 27, 2010, 02:10 PM report to moderator
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In the UK a 12A certificate means that children under 12 cannot attend unless with an adult, and the parent/guardian is responsible for deciding if their child can cope with it. I remember a friend of mine was thinking of taking a very young and rather sensitive child to see ‘Half-Blood Prince’. I implored her to go and see it herself first, as I felt that the ‘Inferi in the lake’ scene was too strong for him. On seeing it, she agreed. I think the authorities in the UK are probably slightly more tolerant over sex (and swearing) than those in the US, and less so over violence, but WeenyOwl’s comments still apply.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on October 27, 2010, 02:43 PM report to moderator
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At least they’re not taking anything out of the book.

BUT my mom’s coming with me…. i’ll have to explain to her that in the book that they weren’t naked…

Posted by ProfessorAlice on October 27, 2010, 03:47 PM report to moderator
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I must say that this actually made me wildly happy. I think that’s because this is HP; we don’t normally have sensual scenes and the like. It’s way different, but I think it’s very appropriate, as these are the last two films and are going to be pretty mature.
As for where this part is, it most likely is the Harry/Hermione kiss that Ron has to watch before he kills the locket. All of the people who watched the test screening said that that bit was very intense…

Posted by CarinaPotter (ROAR!) on October 27, 2010, 04:04 PM report to moderator
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wow MPAA thank god you warned us of “brief sensuality” the 13-year-olds might be able to handle “sequences of intense action violence and frightening imagery” but we all need to be warned about “brief sensuality” it’s one kiss and a wedding…America is too soft on it’s youth

Posted by HalfBloodPrincesss (Jenna Evans) on October 27, 2010, 04:07 PM report to moderator
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Pah! Ever since PG-13 started applying to everything from the largely benign “The Blind Side” to the offensive-on-many-levels like “Blades of Glory”, I have been turning to www.ParentPreviews.org to help me decide which things my elementary school aged children can see. Usually a C+ or better is my screening tool.

Harry Potter 7 is different though since everyone in the family has already read the book. And, the images JKR has conjured up in my mind have been far worse than those the film makers have been able to create.

Posted by Noble Birth Descending on October 27, 2010, 04:24 PM report to moderator
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KB Prez’s comment killed me.

Posted by LoveIsHBP on October 27, 2010, 04:50 PM report to moderator
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I dont think that simply kissing is too sensual

Posted by Sohumdore on October 27, 2010, 05:12 PM report to moderator
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Never quite understood the rating criteria of the MPAA. Oh well.

Posted by honigmuffin on October 27, 2010, 05:14 PM report to moderator
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i don t remember the locket scene being so sensual … but sounds good still :D

Posted by ϟ☮Sindi a.k.a Remy [ROAR!!]☮ϟ on October 27, 2010, 05:15 PM report to moderator
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