Peter T Chattaway, on 29 February 2012 - 01:35 PM, said:
: But officially-stated policy is absolute: no-one under 17 unless their parent or guardian is accompanying them.
Does it have to be a parent or guardian, or can it be ANY adult?
Nope; has to be parent or guardian. And they're supposed to check I.D.
Now, like I say, ticket-sellers fudge the rules all the time. If there's a guardian for one
of the kids, box-office might look the other way. But the rule itself is inflexible (I hasten to add that this is absolutely true of one
chain--Carmike--and that I'm assuming that other chains, such as Rave, have similar policies).
Of course, theatre policies have no effect on schools. The petition quoted above actually says, based on the movie's publicity materials (always a dodgy basis for anything, but anyhoo), that the film could have a positive effect "especially if it is shown in schools". Are schools compelled to heed the MPAA ratings?
Apparently not, though the fact isn't exactly a popular one.
It would be different based on the school system, of course, but I would imagine the policy is that parents are notified that an R-rated movie will be shown, and permission slips are sent home with the students. Some school systems may just decide not to bother, that it's too much trouble, etc etc etc. [Of course--if the movie is rated "PG" and features heavy swearing, I doubt its rating would keep parents from protesting and attempting to get the school board to block it]
Edited by NBooth, 29 February 2012 - 02:12 PM.