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Films for Adults

February 06, 1993

Re David J. Fox's Jan. 18 article ("R vs. NC-17--What's the Difference?") on the motion-picture ratings system: The main issue isn't the arbitrary difference between the R and NC-17 rating. The real story is that the new NC-17 rating has not yet accomplished its goal: It hasn't removed the widespread perception that films made exclusively for adult audiences have no redeeming value.

Why are so many audiences and exhibitors resistant to the very idea of films intended solely for adults, even those that aren't (in the strictest sense) pornographic? This question needs to be answered before the future of NC-17 films can be resolved.

ROBERT PAYNE

Studio City

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