Re: Dealing with disturbing content

jon aubrey (
Tue, 26 Feb 2002 14:06:21 -0800 (PST)

I've found that most patrons realize the risks and
responsibilities in borrowing and viewing potentially
disturbing and/or offensive video material. The few
patrons who have ever complained to me personally
about content have been elderly ones, not parents of
teens or others.
One question I do have is about films that were
released with an NR (not rated) "rating." A good
example of this would be Abel Ferrara's Bad
Lieutenant, a film that's in our collection, available
for check-out to teens who have been given permission
to borrow videos by their parents, and not clearly
marked as NR (and certainly not labeled by the library
as containing potentially disturbing subject matter
and imagery). This film went the NR route for a
reason. Parts of it would have garnered the film an X
rating had it ever been rated by the MPAA at all (the
NR indicates that the film has circumvented the rating
process altogether). No one has ever complained about
the content of this film, but we're a very liberal
community. After all, we did purchase the film in the
first place. Has anyone out there ever had a problem
with, or question about circulating an NR film?

Jon A.
Queens, NY

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