Date: 23rd November 2000

The Two R's?

Top studio executives and theater owners are considering dividing the R-rating into two categories in order to give parents more information about them, the Washington Post reported today (Thursday), citing sources familiar with the proposal.

The two categories reportedly would cover films that depict violent and/or sexual themes and those that do not. The plan is being put forward as Congress prepares to call theater owners to testify about what steps they are taking to stop children under 17 from attending R-rated films without their parents. "We want to hit this really hard," a staff member of the Senate Commerce Committee told the Post. "We will apply pressure wherever pressure can be applied."

Source: Studio Briefing