Smokefree Movies Blog

Posted: Nov 15, 2016 by SGlantz

Last week, US District Judge Richard Seeborg ruled against the plaintiffs in the national class action lawsuit that claimed that the MPAA ratings were a form of commercial speech that did not warrant First Amendment protections.

The MPAA, studios and theaters argued successfully that the movie ratings were “opinions” and not subject to restrictions on commercial speech that were designed to protect...

Posted: Oct 30, 2016 by SGlantz

The first hearing on Forsyth v. MPAA et al. —  the class action lawsuit alleging that the MPAA, member studios, and NATO's ratings system defrauds parents by giving movies with smoking PG or PG-13 ratings — took place in federal court on Friday, October 28, in federal court in San Francisco. 

The hearing was on the defendants’ motion to dismiss the suit. As summarized in...

Posted: Oct 10, 2016 by SGlantz

An ad summing up the five Smokefree Movies policy goals – (1) R rating films with smoking (with two limited exceptions), (2) Certification of no payoffs for smoking, (3) Require anti-smoking ads, (4) Stop identifying brands, and (5) End subsidies for movies with smoking – is running in Variety and Hollywood Reporter tomorrow, October 11, 2016.

This ad, together with earlier ads on the...

Posted: Oct 2, 2016 by SGlantz

Every two years, 180 nations meet for the Conference of the Parties (COP) to review progress and problems in implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and develop new guidelines and protocols.

Implementing guidelines for FCTC Article 13 (Advertising and Promotion)...

Posted: Sep 23, 2016 by SGlantz

The hearing, previously scheduled for October 27, has been moved to October 28, 2016, at 1:30 pm in Federal Court in San Francisco.

Learn more about the case here.

Posted: Sep 22, 2016 by jpolansky

Baby can breathe easier. The latest Bridget Jones episode, Bridget Jones's Baby (R, Comcast, 2016), is smokefree. That's a sharp change from 2004's Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, when Renee Zellweger and seven smoking co-stars delivered 570 million tobacco impressions to domestic moviegoers.


Posted: Sep 20, 2016 by jpolansky

The latest re-make of The Magnificent Seven (Sony) is "Rated PG-13 for extended and intense sequences of Western violence, and for historical smoking, some language and suggestive material.” 

“Historical smoking” is an MPAA label applied to a few youth-rated movies with biographical elements: Emperor (2013), The Imitation Game (2014) and The Monuments Men (2014).
Posted: Sep 17, 2016 by SGlantz

On September 15, 2016, the defendants filed the final brief responding defending themselves against allegations that their ratings system defrauds the public by representing it as something that parents can rely on to select appropriate movies for their kids. 

Hollywood Reporter published a good story summarizing both sides' arguments, which is available...

Posted: Sep 14, 2016 by jpolansky

All These Sleepless Nights — Rated R for language and smoking throughout, drug use and some sexuality/graphic nudity. Rating certificate #50675. Source: MPAA Rating Bulletin #2442 (14 September 2016)

What we know about this film
A Polish documentary...
Posted: Sep 7, 2016 by jpolansky

Disney has a firm policy about on-screen smoking, except for DreamWorks movies carrying its Touchstone label. 

The latest is ...