historical usage of X-rated
In the 1960s and 1970s, pornographic films like Deep Throat were also professionally produced, shot on film, and shown in mainstream movie theaters. They were given the official rating of X. However, in the 1980s, VHS made porn production and distribution cheaper, and flooded the market with poorly produced unrated films that gave themselves the label X. The MPAA had not trademarked the X rating, and could not control the way the pornography industry coopted it.
Mainstream theaters began refusing to show X-rated movies. The producers and directors of X-rated films of that era, like Scarface , were pressured by studio executives to cut enough content to qualify for a simple R (Restricted) rating. In 1990 the MPAA replaced the X rating with NC-17, a trademarked designation for films only appropriate for adult audiences.
The X rating continued to evolve in unregulated use. If a single X indicated pornography, then more X’s must be even more pornographic. The two most common designations became X for pornography and XXX for hard-core pornography. Other common variations are XX and XXXX. In the age of the internet, many pornographic videos add three, four, or many more X’s to their titles to promote their visibility in online searches, though the X designations are not official, and their meanings can vary widely.
Words nearby X-rated
How to use X-rated in a sentence
She thought about moving the show to New York City, where the number-two-rated This Week is sometimes filmed.David Gregory's 'Meet the Press' Eviction Exposed in Washingtonian Takedown|Lloyd Grove|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As Americans, we still have a right to air both our dirty laundry and our R-Rated films.
An x-ray two hours later confirms my hunch: my tibia (the big bone behind the shin) is snapped clean in two.
“Getting out of X band is on option,” said one senior Air Force official.Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets|Dave Majumdar|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kids, often more tech savvy than their parents, ogle XXX-rated photos and videos before they are legally old enough to do so.The Next Frontier of Sex Ed: How Porn Twists Teens’ Brains|Aurora Snow|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He thought they were now in touch with our troops at "X" but that they had been through some hard fighting to get there.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
W was a Watchman, and guarded the door; X was expensive, and so became poor.
Idly his pen traced upon the paper in front of him a large X, the sign of the unknown quantity.
The Professor took his pen and wrote a large X upon the sheet of paper in front of him.
Bonaparte at once summoned Lannes, rated him soundly, and commanded him immediately to refund the money.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for X-rated
Other Idioms and Phrases with X-rated
Sexually explicit, vulgar, or obscene, as in This film should be X-rated; it's not suitable for children. This expression alludes to a rating system established for motion pictures, in which films rated X may not be viewed by persons under the age of 17. [c. 1970]