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#1 OFFLINE   somguy

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 02:05 PM

This is what I wrote to Common Sense media.....tell me if you agree.......

When reading your ratings on certain movies on my Directv HD DVR, I believe there needs to be a re-wording. For example, for the movie, "Ninja Assassin" which is Rated R, the description states that this movie is "Iffy for 16+". I doubt that you mean that it's okay for people under 16 years old to watch it and maybe not so much for people that are 16 and older?! It should probably be re-worded, "Iffy for 16-". In other words, that it's okay for people older than 16 to watch and but maybe not so much for people 16 years of age and under!! I believe that all movies that show "Iffy" are not described correctly; the plus sign should be a minus sign. I hope that I was able to help. Thank you for your time and understanding and I would appreciate your prompt attentiveness to this very important matter.

Talk about your irony....if a movie is so-called "Iffy" then it is iffy for people thast are of a certain age and younger but is okay for people of that age and older....that is common sense!! I ahve been noticing this for months and just never said anything until now. I welcome all of your comments and opinions.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 02:13 PM

I've always thought that was odd.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 02:47 PM

My only thought is that since this is to help parents decide what is best for their kids, maybe their age range stops at 18. So "Iffy for 16+" actually means iffy for kids 16-18.

EDIT: It actually looks like they stop at age 17.

http://www.commonsen...out-our-ratings

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 02:59 PM

Okay, I think the "iffy" comes down to DIRECTV not being able/willing to fully implement Common Sense Media's rating system. On their site, they use a color/number system. Take a look at the partial screen shot, I think the yellow rating is what turns into "iffy" on DIRECTV.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:06 PM

I think it should simply add a comma or period. E.G.:

"Iffy, for 16+"
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"Iffy. For 16+"

In other words, It's iffy. It's intended for 16+.
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Posted 12 November 2011 - 08:48 PM

So if we are to assume that the age range stops at 17 years old, then if a movie is Iffy for 16+ then this means that if you're younger than 16 than the movie is definitely not good to view but if you're 16 and 17 than it's Iffy. This sort of makes sens but of course the people viewing the rating (info. - description of the movie) has to know this!!
Stu is saying that the movie if Iffy if you're younger than 16 but if you're 16 and older than it's okay to watch. Maybe, but if that's true than yes, they would need to inert a period or semi-colon after the word Iffy...big difference if it's not inserted!! Well we can't assume anything and if that punctuation is not there then it's just simply not there, therefore making Stu's hypothecy incorrect.
It really does sound like i you're younger than 16 than it's okay to watch but Iffy if you're 16 and older which of course makes no sense!! I gather that it probably means that if you're younger than 16 than it's not okay to watch and if you're 16 and 17 than it's Iffy and if you're 18 and older than go for it! Any thoughts??!!

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:44 AM

Does anyone pay attention to those ratings? Can't you simply read the plot of the movie and get a feel for whether or not it's going to be appropriate for your child?

That's what I do. If I'm unsure, I'll do a quick search online to see if the movie would be appropriate. Never rely on a rating system!

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 09:35 AM

Does anyone pay attention to those ratings? Can't you simply read the plot of the movie and get a feel for whether or not it's going to be appropriate for your child?

That's what I do. If I'm unsure, I'll do a quick search online to see if the movie would be appropriate. Never rely on a rating system!


I use it some. There are some shows on some of the netorks that my kids watch that I don't let them watch because of CSM.

Generally, however, I trust my kids to watch what is appropriate for them. And I use the DIRECTV parental controls to make sure they don't accidentally land on something way inappropriate. They are 10 and 6, 30 seconds of Spartacus could scar them for life. ;)

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 10:51 AM

Watching CSPAN can sometimes scar one for life. :sure:

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 04:46 PM

My wife always laughs at the "iffy for xx" stuff on D* listings.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 08:22 AM

So if we are to assume that the age range stops at 17 years old, then if a movie is Iffy for 16+ then this means that if you're younger than 16 than the movie is definitely not good to view but if you're 16 and 17 than it's Iffy. This sort of makes sens but of course the people viewing the rating (info. - description of the movie) has to know this!!
Stu is saying that the movie if Iffy if you're younger than 16 but if you're 16 and older than it's okay to watch.


"Iffy for 16+" means that no one under 16 should see it and it is questionable for those 16 and 17.

I would have thought this was obvious to everyone. Funny how we all look at things differently.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 10:04 AM

Does anyone pay attention to those ratings? Can't you simply read the plot of the movie and get a feel for whether or not it's going to be appropriate for your child?

That's what I do. If I'm unsure, I'll do a quick search online to see if the movie would be appropriate. Never rely on a rating system!


I do agree that one shouldn't rely solely on a simple rating like "Iffy for 16+," but in this case, there is additional context provided in the form of specific in-depth information from Common Sense, which is probably more complete and easier to access than the information one could get by doing an online search. (Actually, if one's online search led to Common Sense's website, it would be there as well -- but if you're using your DirecTV receiver, it's easier to just get the info right there on your TV.)
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