Smoking in a movie could affect movie’s rating

Seems we have another censorship push going on.

An Ontario [Canada] group is calling on the provincial film regulation board to include smoking as a part of how the board classifies films. In fact, if they got their wish, any film with smoking in it would get an “18” rating. This means if under 18, you must be accompanied by an adult.

An exception to the rule, according to the group, would be if there is some historical significance. In the movie The Imitation Game, set mostly during World War II, you would see people smoke in that era. This would get an exception to the rule as it was common then to smoke. The movie received a “14” rating in most of Canada, and as slow as “8” in Switzerland.

The group says that celebrities give an impression to their fans that what they do is OK. Maybe. But you don’t hear too many stories of people crashing into cars because they said their favorite celebrity just did it recently.

So if Benedict Cumberbatch or Keira Knightley smoke in that movie, it is OK. But not OK if the movie was set two years ago. They are still celebrities and by the group’s thinking, the only difference between the two is when the movie was set.

In India, regulations stipulate that if there is a smoking scene, a notice must be placed in the film warning of smoking. Hmmm. A nice way to kill the movie.

Wondering if [right wing] groups like this will further push to ban smoking in public such as walking on the street. There is less of a difference between the two.

In Canada, each province has their own film regulation board. So a movie that is “18” in Ontario could be a “14” in Quebec.

As a matter of fact, I don’t think Quebec’s board would even bother with smoking as part of its classification system. The board is probably the most liberal in North America. Remember the Tom Cruise/Nicole Kidman movie Eyes Wide Shut? For the rest of Canada it received an “18” rating for the North American film version. In Quebec, it was given a “14” rating for the European film version – the one that had more nudity.

Does this mean an adult [soft] porn movie and a movie that features some smoking should both get a “18” rating?

Oh even the web site IMDB has a parental guide for smoking as well as the usual issues such as alcohol, nudity, violence, etc.

Finally, in many new movies, if there is smoking in the movie, at the end of the credits, the movies now will show a disclaimer that no actor endorsed any of the cigarette brands depicted in the movie. Sheesh.


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