Determining material that is suitable for a child audience can be a complex question. A new lawsuit is hoping to prevent the MPAA from giving films that depict the act of smoking a rating of G, PG, or PG-13. If the Plaintiffs are successful, the lawsuit would effectively ban smoking in movies rated PG-13 or lower. The Plaintiffs argue that movies like Dumb and Dumber To, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Iron Man 3 have a major impact on people watching them and showing smoking is not suitable. The MPAA, its studio members and the National Association of Theatre Owners are defending their actions as free speech.
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