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How Movies Receive Their Ratings

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:

‘Winnie-The-Pooh’ Turns 90

Winnie-The-Pooh, the A.A. Milne series featuring a stuffed bear and his toy animal friends, debuted 90 years ago this week. Here are some milestones from the franchise’s nearly century-long run:
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'The Blind Side' An Unexpected Hit

The Blind Side, a drama in which Sandra Bullock takes in and tutors a future all-American offensive tackle, has smashed box office expectations to become a blockbuster hit. What do you think?
  • "I hear there are some icky racial overtones in the movie, but that's just the kind of crazy awkward situation that only a Sandra Bullock character could find love in."

    Lacey Rimbaud Museum Exhibit Builder
  • "If Meryl Streep or Jodie Foster had taken that kid under her wing, he'd have some Super Bowl rings with the Steelers instead of wasting time with the Baltimore Ravens."

    Jeff James Absorption Operator
  • "In that case, maybe I should see it. I'm a huge fan of movies that gross more than $120 million domestically."

    Baxter Roedelius Systems Analyst

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