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Old 01-06-2014, 06:16 PM
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Movie ratings labeled "NR" and "UR". Does this difference mean anything?

On Netflix, and perhaps other places, some movies are described as "UR" and others as "NR". Do both of these just mean not rated or is there some fine distinction?
Old 01-06-2014, 06:19 PM
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NR is Not Rated, UR is Unrated; it's just different ways of saying the MPAA never assigned a rating to that particular cut.
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:24 PM
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I may be talking out of my ass, and I don't think there's any standard controlling when to use UR or NR. However, IME the typical usage is that NR is used when a movie was never submitted for rating (or may have been rejected by the MPAA for a rating for whatever reason), while UR is a recut version of a rated movie that has not been independently rated. So the indie film I made in my basement is NR, while Disney's The Lion King: Special Hardcore Porn Director's Cut Edition is UR.

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Old 01-06-2014, 06:26 PM
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Some people confuse “Not Rated” movies to “Unrated” ones. They are two different categories. As mentioned above, “Not Rated” films are the ones that were not submitted to the MPAA for ratings. Films that the filmmakers completed are submitted to the MPAA to undergo reviews and get their ratings before they are shown in the theaters. Sometimes these movies are rated “NC-17.” In such circumstances, some filmmakers will make some changes to the film so that the MPAA will rate their film differently. Some scenes may have been altered or even deleted. They do this so that even younger possible viewers can see the film. This will give the filmmakers more opportunities to market their movie,thus selling more tickets. After the films are shown in theaters, the deleted and edited scenes are put back into the movie. This version of the film is now what we call the “Unrated” version or sometimes called the “Director’s Cut.” This edition of the movie is often sold as DVDs.
Old 01-06-2014, 08:08 PM
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The above link gives a good explanation. Just to clarify, the MPAA owns their official ratings (G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17). They are trademarked terms just like the names Coca-Cola™ or Nike™. Infamously they didn't trademark X because they though it would make things easier (it did until there were enough non-porn 'adult' themed films to make NC-17 useful). So NR or UR are just abbreviations, they're not anything official (yet)...

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