A few weeks ago, our weekly newsletter cited a recent study about the movie-viewing habits of "religious" Americans, noting that when it comes to watching R-rated films, there isn't much difference between the religious and nonreligious. Interestingly, the same study noted that self-described "conservative" religious people are much more likely to watch violent R-rated movies than "liberal" religious folk.
That newsletter also asked for readers' thoughts on R-rated movies, including what criteria, if any, you might use in making your choices. We also asked if any particular R-rated movies had affected you powerfully in any particular way. (Not surprisingly, many readers cited The Passion of The Christ in answer to that question.)
We received a huge e-mail response, and we're sharing a number of those replies below:
Sonja Stanford: "For the most part my husband and I avoid R-rated movies. The general criteria we use is, if the R rating is due to an accurate reflection of a historical event, we might watch it. Therefore, we saw Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List."
Judy Eckert: "I would watch an R-rated movie without the swearing and the sex. That is why we wait till they come to regular TV two years later without the 'stuff'!"
F. Kilbourn: "I do not tolerate movies with nudity. What saddens me is the number of my Christian friends who think nothing of nudity in movies. It just seems so hypocritical to me to believe that God created everyone equal, and yet they attend movies whose nudity content turn women into mere objects."
B. Kelley: "As a general rule, I won't see R-rated movies. I'm a very visual person, so I am very careful ...1
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