When we interviewed Utah movie critic Chris Hicks, we thought he was a little over the top on his criticism of the movie rating system as being looney. Still, his solution seemed to follow common sense: The rating system is insane, so it's up to parents to help their kids make choices.
A new report seems to back up Hicks' new book Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? in which he blasts the movie rating system as worse than useless for parents.
Brad Bushman of Ohio State University, co-author of the report published this week in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that gun violence has tripled in PG-13 films since 1985.
In line with Hick's gut reaction, the study found that PG-13 films last year were actually more violent than films rated R! It appears the Motion Picture Association of America cares more about naughty bits in movies than ballistically shredded viscera. Among the offenders were Skyfall, Avengers and Jack Reacher.
"We were absolutely stunned," Bushman told the LATimes. "The MPAA website clearly says that R-rated films contain more violence. But PG-13 films now contain significantly more violence than R-rated films."
Here's a shocker— the MPAA declined to comment.
BTW, we've got a spare copy of Hick's book. If you'd like to read it—or just throw it at Jack Valenti's grave—email firstname.lastname@example.org.