Many Americans use the MPAA’s formalized rating system as a guide for which films to see. The Onion provides a step-by-step view into how these ratings are chosen:


STEP 1

Esteemed MPAA executives get together for a viewing of Paddington 2, The Lego Batman Movie, and Saw: Legacy

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STEP 2

Board member revived with smelling salts after protagonist utters the term “motherfucker”

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STEP 3

Cohort of children under 17 are exposed to the film and then studied for a decade to observe potentially adverse effects over time

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STEP 4

Dismembered torsos in scene 36 examined for any obscene nipple exposure


STEP 5

White smoke billows from highest window of MPAA headquarters, indicating to the expectant crowd below that a rating has been chosen

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STEP 6

Director immediately rails against the selected rating in order to secure a juicy anecdote for DVD’s audio commentary track

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STEP 7

Intrepid preteens duck into illicit theater right after tickets checked

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