11 December 2005

This blog would be G rated

This symbol is on all Australian film and literature and gives a guide as to what to expect when watching a film or playing a computer game. (More information is here). A similar system exists in the US, but with one very big difference. In Australia the symbol is prominent, coloured and on the front, side and rear of case and on the actual DVD, Video or CD.
In the US the rating is hidden in microscopic print somewhere on the packaging. Also the typical Movie Rental store had all the movies grouped alphabetically - without regards to whether the film was rated G (General viewing) or R (Restricted to Adults only).
We brought back quite a few movies and were pondering how to distinguish the US films from the Australian ones. It was very easy. We just look for the rating! If we can't instantly see it, we know it is a US movie.

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