Date: 15th December 2000

R-Rated Films Decline

The number of films released with R ratings decreased to 58 (out of 147 films) this year against 87 (out of 150 films) last year, according to data from Exhibitor Relations cited Thursday by CBS MarketWatch. The drop in the number of R-rated films reflects intense pressure on Hollywood film companies, including demands that exhibitors strictly enforce restrictions on admitting children to R-rated fare. Producer John Davis (The Firm, Grumpy Old Men) told MarketWatch, "Everyone wants PG-13 now with all the government scrutiny. ... That's Washington having an input." But Disney distribution chief Chuck Viane observed, "I think anybody who studies the top 10 movies in history sees they're all G and PG."

Source: Studio Briefing