When Zach said he never heard of Gremlins, it had to go on the list – not because it is a particularly great movie, but because it was the movie that broke the rating system’s back.

A boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. I just started listening, buuuuut I’m loving it so far. I loved this movie as a kid. I guess I was the right age after it started showing up on tv. Even played the NES game based on Gremlins 2.

  2. Gremlins & its sequel are two movies that I’ve only seen for the first time in the past year, but have an immediate love for them. I hope there never is a remake of the franchise, because I believe there is something to having an actual animatronic to work off of, instead of a tennis ball stand-in.

    Also in regards to the MPAA, I just have to say I’m sick & tired of movies being cut-down from an R to a PG-13. This is in part because, I think integrity is lost in the vain hope of extra dollars. I use the fact that Friday the 13th’s were R, and they still made huge profits. The first Robocop was an R, and had it been cut-down to a PG-13 (remake-ugh) the satire present through the violence would have been completely lost; yes it was R, but it was still a huge success, the same applies to the Alien franchise, Predator, etc. Studios do not seem to realize now that these were harder films, and some franchises do prosper in being a R.

  3. I love it when you guys dive into bigger-picture discussions about topics such as the MPAA. I would love it more if you could all stop talking over each other — it was frustrating to hear Matthew being interrupted so many times when he was trying to make a point. Good lookin’ out to Rodrigo, though, for doing his best to be an ad hoc moderator.

  4. On the the suject of film ratings you should check the BBFC website it’s really good for giving a break down of why they rate films the way they do. Also watch the documentary Vide Nasties:Moral Panic and Censorship http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740712/ for a really scary look at what happens when censors get it wrong.

  5. Nice job and great ratings discussion.
    Now that I am a parent, I like the quick rating, but usually research anything on the boarder of what I believe the children should see. I don’t mind the Self rating aspect, but perhaps an amalgamation of the MPAA standards with a choosing by filmmakers.

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