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A movie already delayed because of its violent theme and the Connecticut school shooting now is facing a challenge to its R rating because of the gory details portraying shooting deaths.
The project at issue is “Django Unchained,” which appropriately should be rated NC-17 where children would not be allowed to enter, even with their parents, Christian Film & Television Commission, an advocacy group in Hollywood, said.
“This movie ends with two of the most violent scenes we’ve ever seen in more than 27 years of reviewing movies,” said founder and spokesman Dr. Ted Baehr, who is with the commission as well as MovieGuide.
“As countless research studies and recent events in Connecticut have shown, some young boys and men like to imitate the violence they see in movies, TV, and video games.”
The commission is petitioning the Motion Picture Association of America to change the rating of the ultra-violent new western from Quentin Tarantino to NC-17.
According to Baehr, the movie includes images of blood erupting like lava from bodies when people are shot. Also in the movie, a slave is eaten by dogs and a man hanging upside down is threatened with castration.
“Rating ‘Django’ NC-17 would be the right thing to do,” Baehr said.
The Hollywood commission noted even the star of the movie, Jamie Foxx, realizes the connection between movie violence and violence in the real world.
“We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn’t have a sort of influence,” Foxx said. “It does.”
An NC-17 ensures that no under 17 can see the movie, but an R rating means that a child can see the movie if accompanied by parent or another adult.
“There are many confused parents out there,” Baehr said, “Public safety demands that ignorant or irresponsible filmmakers not be allowed to corrupt children with graphic violence or explicit sexual images and content.”
To sign the Commission’s petition to the MPAA, citizens can click here.
Baehr is chairman of the commission and is an expert on the influence of the mass media on society, especially teenagers and young children.
He is the author of “How To Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul),” “Media-Wise Family,” and co-author of “The Culture-Wise Family,” and “Frodo vs. Harry: Understanding Visual Media and Its Impact on Our Lives.”
The commission website explained the movie “is full of brutality, graphic violence, and crude language.”
According to a Daily Mail report, a premiere in Los Angeles was canceled because of the school shooting, and the movie now is to open on Tuesday.
In addition to the schedule changes there, the report said scenes reportedly have been cut from “Jack Reacher,” a new movie featuring Tom Cruise.
That project depicts crime action and has Cruise playing a former military cop defending an alleged sniper.
The report said Tarantino was “weary” of defending the violence in the movie.
“I just think there’s violence in the world. Tragedies happen,” he said