Cameron Diaz Has A Point — Why Did Teens Vote On R-Rated Movies Like 'Bad Teacher' For The Teen Choice Awards?

Mon, August 8, 2011 1:31pm EDT by 5 Comments

Most of the teens who voted for the nominated films like ‘The Hangover Part II,’ ‘Black Swan,’ ‘No Strings Attached,’ and ‘Bridesmaids,’ weren’t even supposed to see these movies!

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed watching the Teen Choice Awards last night, BUT it was pretty obvious that some of the films and TV shows that these so-called “teens” were voting on were not necessarily age appropriate. Come on, what 13 or 14-year-old should be watching Black Swan or True Blood?! Even Bieber‘s barely allowed! 

I know we live in different times and yes, I was known to sneak into R-rated movies when I was 15 or 16, but isn’t it common sense for the people who come up with these nominees to leave out the films and shows that not ALL teens can even see? Like Cameron Diaz said, “this is the TEEN Choice Awards,” not the Golden Globes!

Cameron won for Choice Movie Actress: Comedy for her role in Bad Teacher, which is — believe it or not — rated R!

“I want to address first, because this is the Teen Choice Awards and since Bad Teacher is a rated R movie, I just want to thank all the 17 and 18-year-olds who supported this film,” Cameron sarcastically said in her acceptance speech. “And I want to thank all the parents who pre-screened the movie of course for their children under the age of 17… cause we know that children under the age of 17 never, ever sneak into an R-rated movie, right?”

Although she was obviously joking, Cameron was also making a point. If 13 to 16-year-olds (more than half of the teen population) can’t see R-rated movies, then why are they being nominated in the first place? There’s a reason for PG-13, people!

Teen Choice winnersBlack Swan (Choice Movie and Actress: Drama), No Strings Attached (Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy), Bad Teacher (Choice Movie Actor, Actress and Movie: Comedy) and The Hangover Part II (Choice Movie: Hissy Fit) are all Rated R movies. And so are nominees like Bridesmaids, Due Date, Scream 4, Saw 3D, and the TV-MA rated HBO show True Blood.

“No children under the age of 12 were harmed making this movie, at least physically,” Cameron added at the end of her speech, “Emotional damage I cannot take responsibility for. I just want to thank you guys for giving an F.”

How is it fair for these films to be nominated when only 17 to 19-year-olds can ACTUALLY see them? Share your thoughts!

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Christine

Posted at 7:42 PM on August 8, 2011  

In Canada most of those movies are rated PG-13, 14A or 18A…

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M H

Posted at 3:41 PM on August 8, 2011  

I don’t really get why you would consider the majority of the movies nominated as being inappropriate for teens. Most of them seem fine for a teen’s level of maturity, or even lack of maturity. It’s more that there’s a problem with the MPAA’s level of immaturity in not being able to create a working rating for teenagers. Most other rating systems in the world have a workable restricted rating for teenagers like Canada has a 14 rating and the British have a 15 rating. Here in the US the PG-13 is not restricted and is aimed at families, not teenagers, which makes it problematic in the sense that a film that is relatively tame but still a little much for younger viewers or families with young kids gets put into the R rated category. I’m thinking specifically of movies like Lost In Translation, Friends With Benefits, Bad Teacher, No Strings Attached, even The King’s Speech. All those films I just mentioned are very soft R rated films, and films that teens would probably like and are totally appropriate for teens to see on their own. But somehow they get classified with films that are purely adult material like the Saw and Hostel films. While I agree that Saw, True Blood, and The Hangover movies are all maybe something that is a little too adult for teens without adult supervision, almost all the other films that were R rated but nominated were not too much for a teenager about 13 or 14 or so to see sans parental guidance or adult supervision. It does seem like we need a rating here in the US between the PG-13 and the R that is restricted and aimed at teenagers, as it would greatly help movie goers in knowing which movies are soft Rs (King’s Speech, Once, even Green Zone) and which ones are hard Rs (Saw, Hostel, and Saving Private Ryan).

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Michi

Posted at 3:08 PM on August 8, 2011  

While you state that 17-19 year olds are the only ones that are allowed to see these movies, it is false to believe that only people of that age actually have seen those movies. As Ed Helms said in his acceptance speech, “thank you all of you that bought a ticket for Ku Fu Panda and snuck in to see Hangover 2!”…. 13-16 definitely watch R Rated movies all the time and they find their way around the rated R, for lack of a better word, “law”. I know for a fact because I do it all the time. I’m 17 but since I don’t have a driver’s license, I don’t have an ID and since the person that is selling me the ticket doesn’t know if I’m lying to them or not about my age I simply just buy a ticket for another movie

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Courtney

Posted at 2:05 PM on August 8, 2011  

nobody pays attention to the rattings of movies anymore. the academy awards for example have been nominating R rated movies for best picture since 1968 with Rachel Rachel. Cameron Diaz will never be an icon like Joanne Woodward is teenagers like what they like what’s the big deal.

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Nina

Posted at 1:55 PM on August 8, 2011  

Im 16 and I have been watching R rated films for years. If you are mature enough- why not? Its not like your a little kid who is going to run around saying or doing what the people do in the movies. Besides, most of the votes clearly went to who was most popular. It had nothing to do if people saw the movie or not.

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