Film Design I, II, III
R Rated Movie Permission Form
I supplement my curriculum with films that highlight particular aspects of the content we are studying. I do not go out of my way to seek R-rated films for this purpose, nor do I show R-rated films for their own sake. However, many of the best films dealing with the topics and themes we address in class do happen to have an R rating.
As I am sure you are aware, films receive R ratings for a variety of reasons. I excerpted this quote from the Motion Picture Association of America’s website to highlight the general reasons films receive R ratings:
“An R-rated motion picture, in the view of the Rating Board, contains some adult material. An R-rated motion picture may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements, so that parents are counseled to take this rating very seriously. Children under 17 are not allowed to attend R-rated motion pictures unaccompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Parents are strongly urged to find out more about R-rated motion pictures in determining their suitability for their children. Generally, it is not appropriate for parents to bring their young children with them to R-rated motion pictures.” Source: http://www.mpaa.org/FlmRat_Ratings.asp
Films I show in class give students a deeper awareness and appreciation of the topics and themes we address, and may contain any or all of the above criteria. I never require students to view a film they find objectionable, and they always have the option to complete alternate assignments in lieu of watching a particular film. Students may also leave the class without any questions asked if they need to.
I teach a wide variety of classes, and generally show 1-2 films per class each marking period, so rather than send a new permission form for each film I intend to show, I am sending you this form to cover any R rated film I might show. You can count on me to be responsible in how I choose, introduce, show and debrief films, but if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. It will be my pleasure to speak with you.