30-Year Utah Movie Critic Chris Hicks Releases New Book, Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind?: A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings

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As CARA and the MPAA inconsistently rate movies so that parents can’t determine what’s family appropriate and what’s not, 30-year Utah movie critic and Deseret News film reviewer, Chris Hicks provides key history and information in his new book to help parents make more informed entertainment choices for their families.


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"The rating system is designed for parents, to help them guide their
children, but it’s imperfect . . . "
--Chris Hicks

Parents and film buffs will find the fascinating and illogical history of the film rating system and a guide on how parents can make more informed entertainment decisions related to movie ratings in the new book Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings (Familius, May 2013) by thirty-year movie critic Chris Hicks.

Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? is an informative and entertaining exploration of the history of the film rating system, from Hollywood’s voluntary system in 1968 under Jack Valenti, the head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Valenti’s work on what would eventually become the Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) to a review of the inconsistency of those ratings boards decisions through 2012.

Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? explores if movie ratings are always deserved, why the PG-13 rating was created and recommended by Steven Spielberg, why the PG rating is an endangered species and the G ratings is on the verge of extinction, and why after two decades, CARA is still trying to explain itself.

Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? also explores how parents can traverse the ratings systems and know what those ratings mean, why Hollywood makes the rating decisions in does, and provides a fascinating listing of films that proves that Hollywood makes great movies in spite of itself.

Reviewing decades of films, author Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? is more than a history of the ratings system and more than a parent’s guide to movie ratings and how to provide appropriate movie decisions for their family; Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? is also a film-buff’s guide to the fascinating films of the last thirty years, those that earned their ratings, those that didn’t, and those that continue to be debated.

About the Author: Author Chris Hicks has been writing about movies for the Deseret News for more than thirty years. He was the full-time ¬movie critic for twenty years and also reviewed movies on KSL television and radio for thirteen years. Chris then became the editor of the newspaper’s features department. Now retired, he continues to write a weekly column and DVD reviews for the Deseret News.

About the Publisher: Familius is a transmedia publisher who publishes for marriage, parenting, family fun, education, health and wellness, and children. Familius mission is to help families be happy.

Book Details:
Title: Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind: A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings
Author: Chris Hicks
Publisher: Familius
Publication: May 2013, $17.95
Internet Marketing, ISBN 978-1-938301-19-3
6 x 9 trade paperback, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, IPad, ePub, 256 pages, illustrations, index

Available from bookstores, online booksellers and http://www.familius.com,
1254 Commerce Way, Sanger, CA 93657

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