'Parents Guide' undermines imdb's credibility

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Can I suggest that instead of a 'Parents Guide,' you simply have links to as many countries ratings/censorship board as possible for each film? Despite the plea at the top of the page, the Parents Guide is predominantly opinion and heavily biased towards the conservative end of the spectrum (since it is predominantly people who have a problem with something that will point it out). Too much of the 'information' is nonsense and a lot of people seem to be shoe-horning anything and everything into categories like 'sex,' 'violence' and 'profanity;' presumably either because they dislike/find it offensive or imagine that others will. I think it's a great idea to have a page where parents and/or guardians can investigate the suitability of a film for their child, but letting the weird and wonderful comments of users, whether they are parents or not, undermines the credibility of imdb as the definitive film site. Far better surely, to let the official ratings system speak for itself and include as much information as the relevant boards release. The BBFC website is particularly detailed in describing not only the reasons for awarding a particular certificate but also the particular instances in the film that warrant this decision. I feel that such a sprawling, personal section of the site would be much better suited to a dedicated forum, rather than a link from the 'official' pages that taint the authority of imdb as the place to look for reliable information.
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Yes, I've used the BBFC site before to check suitability (I've checked a few on IMDB and some of the things flagged up are awfully silly) and, of course, what is deemed as offensive is rather culturally specific (what people wouldn't think twice about in France, would get you thrown in jail in a lot of Middle Eastern countries) and change over time, so perhaps a one-size fits all solution is never going to "fit."

Of course, it might be we need greater policing of this section (do you have any links to outrageous examples) but it does seem like a particularly big magnet for subjective opinion and people looking to pursue agendas (trivia, goofs and the FAQ are easier to police).
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Outrageous examples are numerous and farcical: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial ("A boy kisses a girl, it looks like it's on the mouth" - Sex & Nudity, "a woman spills coffee" - Violence & Gore), Chicken Run ("Some flirting and hand-touching among poultry" - Sex & Nudity), Lion King ("Some tender nuzzling between two lions" - Sex & Nudity), Finding Nemo ("A shark exposes a fish skeleton in his mouth. He is implied to have eaten the fish" - Violence & Gore). Look at any 'childrens' film' and find more examples.

These are just comical and harmful to imdb's reputation. However, my issue is not with people's interpretation of what is or isn't suitable for children, it's that everything on these pages is subjective and so shouldn't be included as part of the 'official/rubber-stamped' imdb site.
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Good points.

It certainly seems like someone has been having "fun" with these entries but (as they are essentially correct, even if the... "interpretation" is bordering on the outrageous) they will be difficult to remove - how do you prove how far someone's tongue was in their cheek?

If is for reasons like this, and the subjective nature of the "advice", that I have found the guides useful as an actual guide, although they occasionally are good for amusement - which is not really something such a section should be good for,

I'd assume most countries have an official certification board and most will have websites - the simplest thing would be to scrap the guides and link in the official advice from the rating below the title (although they could have a page of links to the advice as people might be interested in looking at how things vary). After all, this is a wider issue than simply parent's advice, the squeamish or overly religious. You could try and cover all the bases but it'd get silly quickly.
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The entries are not difficult to remove, but they can just as easily be added back.

Also see:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mattbellassai...
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As a parent, I use the parents guide a lot. It has eliminated the need for me to watch movies before my kids see them. Sometimes the entries lean one direction, but they always give me a very good idea of whether or not my young kids should see a film. A list of ratings from different countries would not be nearly as helpful. I think if you don't like the parents guide, you don't have to click on it. I am also not sure how credibility is sacrificed. I don't think it's that big a deal.
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Can I suggest that instead of a 'Parents Guide,' you simply have links to as many countries ratings/censorship board as possible for each film?
Actually, for many films, particular the newer blockbusters, there is are a large number of ratings from multiple countries.

For example, The Hunger Games has the following Certificates listed:

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens

Certification: Argentina:13 (with warning) / Australia:M / Brazil:14 / Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba) / Canada:PG (British Columbia) / Canada:PG (Ontario) (original rating) / Canada:14A (Ontario) (re-rating) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Chile:TE+7 (DVD re-rating) / Chile:18 (theatrical rating) / Colombia:12 / Denmark:11 / Finland:K-12 / France:U (with warning) / Germany:12 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:12 / India:U/A / Ireland:12A / Italy:T / Japan:PG12 / Malaysia:PG-13 / Mexico:B / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:M / Norway:11 / Peru:14 / Philippines:PG-13 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG13 / South Korea:15 / Spain:12 / Sweden:11 / Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) / UK:15 (Blu-ray) (uncut) / UK:12 (DVD) (cut) / UK:12A (theatrical version) (cut) / USA:PG-13 (certificate #47386) / Vietnam:(Banned)

I don't know which if any of the Ratings Boards list the reasons (aside from the MPAA), but I know that many of them do not, so I am not sure what linking to the Boards would add for the general
User.

If you are interested in checking out the various Boards, IMDb has a page that links to a number of them. That page is linked from the Contributor Zone page
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