“Kaya kaagapay ninyo ang MTRCB rating bilang gabay.”
Violence or how violent a scene might be is subjective to some, but if you’re getting paid for it, it shouldn’t be. MTRCB or the Movie and TV Review nad Classificiation Board is getting paid for rating the films and TV shows before they are available to the public. As easy as it may sound to most, people in the MTRCB mostly doesn’t get it.
We commend them for calling the attention of the TV shows for using the words like “kabit,” and other words that are not fitted for a PG rating show but the thing is, some of the scenes they missed as acceptable for a G or PG rating is alarming and these are the ones that they reviewed before they are being shown to the public.
While there are films that are rated G that should be rated PG or even R-13, there are films that are rated PG that really should be rated R-13 or R-16 which is even more disturbing. We give you a list of those films we remembered that were rated wrong:
LOVE ME TOMORROW (2016, Star Cinema, Gino M. Santos). Released May 25, 2016, the slang term “FuBu” which they actually defined (meaning F*ck Buddy), told in the movie pertaining the status of Dawn Zulueta and Piolo Pascual. If the word “kabit” is already an R-rating word for the MTRCB, we wonder how f*ck buddy was accepted for a PG rating. It should be at least rated R-13, right? Or does the word fuck was enough and even if accompanied by the word buddy can be explained for children below 13 years old. Imagine how the parents would react if the words were heard by their children, I for one, did see a mother instantly covered the ears of her daughter right after the words “fuck” and “buddy” were said. The film was rated PG, which should have been rated R-13.
HELE SA HIWAGANG HAPIS (2016, Star Cinema &TEN17P, Lav Diaz). Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis’ intention may be admirable, not just for art but the film also tackles some of our literature and history but with disturbing images such as people hanging isn’t the best image a child should see in their early years. The 8-hour film does wonders cinematically but we still need to look out for our children, especially for those who has nightmares after seeing disturbing images. That is the job of the MTRCB, right? The film was rated PG, which should have been rated R-13.
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (2014, UIP, Michael Bay). Action sequences are already considered as violence, so why was the film given a G rating? We don’t know. Plus, there’s a death scene, tight shot of the victim. Was that not violent enough for the MTRCB? Even respected critic Philbert Dy doesn’t have an answer from the MTRCB until now. The film was rated G by the MTRCB which should have been at least rated PG.
KID KULAFU (2015, Star Cinema/TEN17P, Paul Soriano). Underage boys drinking alcohol while woman sitting in their lap and an intense scene where people are killed in front of the eyes of a boy is not something we want the children to see. A biography film already indicates that the film may have these kind of scenes but the MTRCB just approved the film for a PG rating. The film was rated PG, which should be rated R-13.
LOVE IS BLIND (2016, Regal Entertainment, Jason Paul Laxamana). Sexual innuendos from Solenn Heusaff and Kiray Celis because of their admiration to Derek Ramsay. Also, a lot of kissing happening here and an almost bed scene. The film was rated G(!), which should be rated PG.
There’s also the trailer reviews of the CineFilipino entries that got an X rating, including David Fabros Straight To The Heart, Jason Paul Laxamana’s Ang Taba Ko Kasi, short films Chicboy and Not Applicable. Those are just the trailers, they had to be reviewed again and the filmmakers have to pay another round for the reviewers. The trailers got a PG rating and the films? All got rated PG except for the short film Chicboy which was played along the short films that was rated R.
While some people don’t realize that the people who work at MTRCB are paid from our taxes and this is how they do their jobs, this is alarming and somewhat unfortunate. We may have heard that there are some under the table transactions happening but, come on, we watch what they are reviewing.
We hope that this won’t continue or happen again but Love Me Tomorrow was just released a month ago and it looks like nothing will change any time soon.