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What is the difference between a "R" movie and a "MA" rating?

HBO currently has on demand two versions of "Deadpool 2" with these two ratings.  Google provides conflicting information.   Thanks.

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Re: What is the difference between a "R" movie and a "MA" rating?


@13 wrote:

HBO currently has on demand two versions of "Deadpool 2" with these two ratings.  Google provides conflicting information.   Thanks.


Hello,

 

The R-rating was assigned by the MPAA around 1971 as a parental tool, stating that No one under 17 would be admitted  to the movie without a parent or guardian.  The higher theatrical rating for that was "X" which usually indicated a porno film.  The MPAA dropped the X rating in 1990, replacing it with the NC-17.  No children under 17 allowed. Regardless of parent.  NC-17 had a broader scope of adult only content, not just pornography.

 

The TV rating system's  TV-MA, is the equivalent of a movie theatre's NC-17.  Premium channels use TV-MA for Mature Audiences., rather than the theatre NC-17.  Deadpool 2 has the tamer R-rated version on HBO, and the TV-MA version of the film with stronger language and violence also on HBO.

 

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Re: What is the difference between a "R" movie and a "MA" rating?

TV-MA can be roughly equated to either R or NC-17.  The R rating (or PG, PG-13) is given out by the MPAA for theatrical viewings, while the TV ratings are assigned by the TV Parental Guidelines organization.

 

In the case of Deadpool, the R rated version is the theatrical version that received the MPAA rating while the TV-MA version is a version with extra scenes not seen in theaters.