[quote=Bobby Jim]Good question… I’ve seen some that they have rated “O”, and enjoyed them from a filmmaking and storytelling point of view, although been very disgusted by some the actions and attitudes portrayed. For example - “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” (1968) is a great movie, in my opinion. The USCCB gives it an “O”, and I can understand why. Despite the title, there is relatively little difference between the motivations or methods of the three main characters - they’re all immoral and self-interested, and quite brutal. And yet, it’s a really good movie, and well-made.
I would also say that there is a qualitative difference between something like this, and a cheesy horror flick like “Friday the 13th Part VIII”, which also rates an “O”, and has few redeeming qualities.
And finally, there are movies that the bishops generally think are ok for adults that I would not recommend anyone ever see, e.g. “The Net” (1995) - rated “A-III”, but what a cheesy and dreadful movie! It offends good taste just by being so lousy, and the money spent to see it would be an immoral waste. It was so bad that 9 and a half years later I am still upset about it.
What would be good taste, i speak in defense of the USCCB, they probably no more about church teaching than we do? wouldn’t you agree, yes there are some pretty foul Bishops, but for the most part they are all well educated and know what they are talking about. Morally i can see why they would label “The Good the Bad and The Ugly” tha mian character in the movie is doing something morally wrong by cheating people and dealing out death and judgement, and in the end when he is supposedly going to hang his friend Tucco, the film gives the appearance that Clint Eastwoods character was the Hero when in actuality he was doing the same thing all the bad guys were doing. We must look deeper in to their reasoning. Finally, unfortunately toddays culture considers something “good taste”, if it has at leats one of three things, bad language, Sex, violence. So lets say The Scarlet and The Black, “offends good taste” so be it. Because that good taste is based off immoral themes!