Blockbuster ‘Ratings’ Policy Under Fire

Blockbuster Video has a policy of not carrying any movie rated NC-17, or any unrated film which violates the chain’s vaguely defined decency standards. But when an edited copy of the critically lauded film Y Tu Mamá También appeared on Blockbuster shelves recently, missing a key scene in which two gay men share a passionate kiss, critics of the Blockbuster policy, and of the MPAA’s ratings standards, were furious. “Regardless of who made the decision and why, the kiss that dare not show itself reflects another Hollywood trend: Lesbian sex scenes between buxom beauties… are acceptable, even fashionable, while a smooch between male buddies is forced to hit the road.”