Minor Mystery Solved: Thematic Elements = Politically Incorrect

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About a year ago I posted Minor Mystery: Thematic Elements in which I wondered what in the world it means when a film is marked by the MPAA as having “thematic elements”. Well it looks like the mystery might be solved. From a post on the GetReligion Blog about the film Facing the Giants:

The MPAA, noted Fuhr, tends to offer cryptic explanations for its ratings. In this case, she was told that it “decided that the movie was heavily laden with messages from one religion and that this might offend people from other religions. It’s important that they used the word ‘proselytizing’ when they talked about giving this movie a PG. . . . It is kind of interesting that faith has joined that list of deadly sins that the MPAA board wants to warn parents to worry about.”

Am I jumping to conclusions in thinking that the MPAA is marking films with a Christian theme rather than just any film “heavily laden with messages from one religion”? I checked Seven Years in Tibet which, I gather, has some rather strong non-Christian religious themes: “MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some violent sequences.”

10:22 am on June 22, 2006