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Film Ratings in Indonesia

Sunday, September 6, 2009

I finally got the chance to see District 9 today and for the past two weeks, I already heard different reviews from different people. Some don’t find the movie that good, while some find that it is that good. Personally, I like the movie. In short, it gives a different angle in humanity and why our racism is so concerning. But I’m not here to talk about the movie. I am here to talk about how most Indonesians ignore that fact that THERE ARE SUCH THINGS AS FILM RATINGS.

I am absolutely surprised today as I walked in the theater, and despite that District 9 was intentionally rated with an R, there are these kids, yes, children by the age of probably 12-15, and most likely in junior high, are watching the movie. Some idiotic parents even go further by intentionally taking their children to watch this movie.

Seriously, are people really that ignorant? Or are they just really that stupid that over these years in which Hollywood thrives in the movie industry, they don’t even have a clue on what is a film rating or what they really mean? This is truly beyond me.

In my point of view, there are two different sides of who can actually be blamed for this. First, it’s the movie theater company. They know the ratings, they know the rules, but they still sell R-rated movie tickets to underaged kids, they are probably not being ignorant, but they are surely being a dick and do not contribute anything whatsoever to proper child education. Second, it’s the parents who are ignorant enough to not ask what their children are watching, ignorant enough to not forbid their children watching films that are not meant for them, and lastly dumb enough to take your children to these kind of movies. While these children can probably be blamed, I think with proper parenting, they pretty much won’t go into that direction. So yes, it’s probably either the movie theater’s fault, or the parents.

I agree that things have changed, parents today probably don’t talk too much to their kids. They probably just give them money and shoo them away to do anything they want, or talking to them and asking questions can be considered as too annoying for parents to do. But this does not mean that you let your children go to the movies watching films with nudity or body parts flying toward the screen.

As for movie theater companies, well, it’s all about your morality. It’s either you take all the money from these underaged moviegoers, or stand by a good credo and at least have these kids to show their IDs before ticket purchases. Your call. But hey, this is Indonesia, I don’t think you would care anyway.

2 comments to “Film Ratings in Indonesia”

  1. Brett (September 7, 2009 at 10:17 am):

    You can’t pin this on the cinema staff, I think. Can you imagine those meek little people stopping parents from taking their kids into the cinema?

  2. bellamy (September 7, 2009 at 11:27 am):

    @Brett:
    I don’t think it’s the staff’s fault, I actually see that it is the cinema’s fault for not making this into a proper rule. I mean, meek little people or not, we stop for them to check our carried bags for security, right? I think it’s the same thing as long as it is a legit rule to be followed.

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