Not Yet Rated - Tammy Woehler
I understand why there are ratings on movies, but at times I feel they are either too unrealistic or violating personal rights. What I mean by this is, there are movies that I agree with the NC-17 rating. No child 17 and under should see it. But then, there are others that I do think 17 year olds can handle it. Especially in today's world. At this point in time, children see and hear more and more vulgar things than many parents have even saw or heard. Kids have been exposed to so much, such as violent and/or sexual video games. Like the popular Grand Theft Auto 4 that just came out. It's filled with explicit language, actions and sights that kids shouldn't see, but that's the age that it's most popular with.
The ratings are somewhat unfair, on the other hand. I think it's up to a parent or the individual themselves to decide what they should and should not watch. Yes, five year olds more than likely can't make that proper judgement on their own, but that's where the parents come in. But then a 15, 16, or 17 year old should be able to make that decision. They are old enough to have their permit or driver's license, they should be able to see a movie if they want, regardless of the rating. The rating shouldn't prevent people from watching films, it should warn them. It can still be there for a suggestion, but in the end, I think it's all the person's responsibility of what they watch.