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Thu, Jan 6, 2022 8:07 PM

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How to learn the source of a ratings certificate

For a film that has multiple US ratings certificates listed on the Parents Guide page, such as  Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006) - IMDb , is there a way to find out where a rating came from, or what it is applicable to?  This film shows R on the title page, which agrees with filmratings.com.  In the guide both R and PG-13 are listed.  A couple of vendors sell it on DVD with a PG-13 rating, but I'm assuming they're just applying their own opinion (which I agree with, but that's not the point).  I haven't found any other references to alternate rated versions.

Is there a way to view the verification data supplied to IMDb for certificates in general?  Or are vendor-defined ratings usually accepted?  I'm just curious.

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Nick: I agree with you that I would like clarification of where the PG-13 rating for this film comes from, when filmratings.com (the MPA's official ratings website) lists only an R rating for it.

I note that if a film has been re-rated, filmratings.com will not necessarily indicate what the old rating is or when it was issued (although it normally will indicate that the film was edited for re-rating). So the data found on filmratings.com could potentially be incomplete.

That said, IMDb should never accept an unofficial vendor-defined US rating certificate for a film of G, PG, PG-13, R, or NC-17. Those ratings are trademarks of the MPA and only films that have gone through the MPA's official rating process are allowed to use those ratings. 

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Hi nick_burfle -

My apologies for the late reply, regarding specific sources of data, it is our policy not to disclose details or any other information about our users and contributors. 

With that being said, filmratings.com is a reliable certificate source, if you are seeing titles on the site with suspicious or unverified certificate listings as per an existing reliable source, I would suggest that you request a removal of the unverified data through our online Update form and our editors can re-review the information.

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@Michelle​ 

Thanks, I'll try that.  Of course, I wasn't asking who sent the contribution, I would never ask for that.  But I was hoping to see the contributed data itself, for example the screenshot or other documentation that supported the unofficial/alternate rating, if it exists.