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A Quick History Of Movie Ratings

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Have you ever thought about what it takes for a film to get an R rating over a PG-13 rating? Who decides movie ratings? And what do they even mean? The history of movie ratings goes back to the medium's infancy. Movie ratings have always been controversial, but when they first appeared, the censorship boards hoped to limit viewership of films deemed unwholesome. Initially, movies were judged on whether or not they were morally objectionable, but as time went on, the idea of morality slowly vanished.

If you've wondered about how movie ratings have changed throughout the years - prompting filmmakers to make more PG-13 movies and twisted film adaptations - this rating board history lesson will provide the answers. 

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