Up in Smoke

Just noticed the news that the MPAA has decided to take cigarette smoking into consideration in assigning ratings for its films. Movies that “glamorize” cigarette smoking or depict “pervasive” smoking may now receive R ratings according to this policy. MPAA chief Dan Glickman notes that some people have lobbied for an automatic R-rating for any film that depicts cigarette smoking, and while the MPAA wisely chose a less stringent policy, the new policy still seems overly restrictive, and it opens up a gray area that is likely to harm smaller films that tackle subjects in an insightful, reflective manner.

Kind of makes you wonder whether Thank You for Smoking would now get an NC-17 for excessive promotion of tobacco use.

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