In "Anchorman" you get: two men acting as if they?re having sex as the credits run; a man getting an erection while talking to a woman and she remarks about it; a man talking about having had sex with a woman while he was on the air doing a news broadcast; a man kissing and licking his dog; a man kisses a man on the forehead; a man and a woman lying on a bed, and she says "take me to Pleasure Town," and "do me"; a man says to a woman, "I want to be on you" a few times; a man says, "I am very aroused"; a man talks about doing a "no pants dance with a woman"; a man admiring a woman off-camera, saying "don't wear a bra next time"; a man inviting a woman to have sex with him; another man inviting a woman to a "party in his pants"; a man trying to touch a woman's breasts, and a man talking about a woman's buttocks and making crude sexual remarks and gestures; a woman propositioning a man and drawing attention to her breasts, and a woman inviting a man to join her (presumably to have sex); a man in jockey shorts thrusting his hips toward a woman; a man talking about having named his private parts.
That?s not even the entire list. But you get the point: It?s machine-gun sexual innuendo, utterly inappropriate for young teens, no matter what the rating says.
Thompson is right that parents ought to pressure the MPAA to have more consistent ratings and prevent their standards from slipping even further. But parents have a more direct role than lobbying. Summer is the hottest time for the movies, and the Harvard study is the latest proof that children need their parents to take the time to care if popular culture is going to undo what parents try to do in the daily job of forming future men and women of character.