Paragraphs about current movies which would have violated the hayes code at one time.

Essay by tadpolephobicHigh School, 11th gradeA+, January 2006

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"But I'm a Cheerleader" is a movie about a gay cheerleader whose family has her taken to a camp that "cures" gay teenagers by teaching them how to live within their accepted gender roles in a heterosexual relationship. This film violates the Hayes Production Code by showing a homosexual relationship when the code states "correct standards of life" should be presented and "law, natural or human, shall not be ridiculed, nor shall sympathy be created for its violation."

"Love Actually" goes against the Hayes Production Code by depicting "miscegenation (sex relationship between the white and black races)." Love Actually also has instances of nudity, scenes of passion, and vulgarity, among other scenes and story lines that are not permitted under the code.

"Rent", the famous Broadway musical was made into a movie that is to be released in November of this year, and it breaks almost every guideline in the code.

The main characters are almost all junkies, there are interracial relationships, there are homosexual relationships, AIDS is openly discussed, suicide is mentioned, the law is broken, premarital sex and scenes of passion are threaded throughout, as well as promiscuous females, and strippers. The worst part about it all though, from the prospective of someone enforcing the code, is that you are made to see the characters as people, beyond their actions and indiscretions. "No picture shall be produced which will lower the moral standards of those who see it. Hence the sympathy of the audience shall never be thrown to the side of crime, wrong-doing, evil or sin."