Quick link and comment to this New York Times article about the R-Card, a card distributed by GKC Theaters that parents can purchase for their teenager children, which would give them permission to see R-rated movies without being accompanied by a parent or guardian.
I think it’s a pretty good idea (of course I don’t have a 15-year old child). It allows parents to skip obnoxious action movies their teen children might want to see, and in general, it simply assumes a level of trust between parents and children. And, of course, most video stores already have options that allow their children to check out R-rated films anyway. Naturally, MPAA captain Jack Valenti thinks it’s a bad idea, that it somehow subverts the ratings system (of course, in my opinion, that’s not a bad thing, either).