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Around the world American movies are making huge impacts on people and showing our freedom of expression. From the early movies and were based on to how they have evolved today is significant. Along with the changes in the content and the way moves are made so has the movie ratings have changed over the last 30 years. The standards on what children are allowed to see have been relaxed a PG twenty years ago and a PG today are different. The culture of our country has changed and so has the standards in which the movies and rating viewed. In the early 1900s, filmmakers had to tailor their movie to the requirements of more than 40 local, city and state censorship boards across the country. The formation, in 1922, of what is now the Motion Picture Association of America, MPAA, helped by taking the first steps towards self regulation. It required it members to submit movies for approval prior to distribution. This process was governed by the Hays Code; which was named after MPAA’s first president, Will Hays. It imposed a detailed and extensive list of rules to filmmakers. It included that only “correct standards of life” could be presented. No depictions of childbirth, criticisms of religion, “lustful” kissing or “suggestive” dancing was allow. Under the Hays code, films were either deemed as moral or immoral and were approved or disapproved, but times were changing and so were the standards. The 1960’s were times of change in America and so again came change to the movie industry. Televisions were becoming color and people loved to go the drive-in picture show. Jack Valenti, the MPAA’s third president, decided in 1966 to replace the hays Code with a new set of guidelines. The MPAA created the Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) in November 1968. CARA designated films with one of four types of ratings: G for general audiences, M for mature audiences,…...

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