Film Advisory Board
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FAB Rating System

 

The Film Advisory Board (FAB) Rating System began in 1974 when Elayne Blythe was the first to use the symbols (L / V / N / S – Language / Violence / Nudity / Sex). In 1975 these symbols were included in Film Advisory Board's "Articles of Incorporation" and are now widely used by other organizations. The FAB Rating System is the only "official" rating system other than the MPAA and was the "first" system to reveal contents - 1988. The ratings are meant to advise, not to censor.

View a list of submission forms and guideline documents.

The Film Advisory Board has six basic ratings

Children
Description:
CHILDREN - Ages 10 and Under
Content Description:
n/a
MPAA Equivalent:
n/a
Family
Description:
FAMILY - All Ages
Content Description:
In some cases, as in historical pieces, may state 'violence in battle scenes' or 'frightening for younger children'.
MPAA Equivalent:
G
Parental Discretion
Description:
PARENTAL DESCRETION - Content Description Implies Age Suitablility
PD replaces M = Mature. Content Descriptions remain the same.
Content Description:
May state 'sexual innuendos / mild language / violence / substance abuse / some intense scenes'.
MPAA Equivalent:
PG
Parental Discretion - Mature
Description:
PARENTAL DESCRETION MATURE - Ages 13 and Over
PD-M replaces VM = Very Mature. Content Descriptions remain the same.
Content Description:
May state 'brief nudity / sexual situations / strong language / violence'.
MPAA Equivalent:
PG-13
Extremely Mature
Description:
EXTREMELY MATURE - Ages 17 and Over
Content Description:
May state 'frontal nudity / sex / strong language / violence'.
MPAA Equivalent:
R or NC-17 dependent upon content description.
Adults Only
Description:
ADULTS ONLY - Ages 18 and Over
Content Description:
May state 'explicit sex and language / erotica / extreme nudity'.
MPAA Equivalent:
Equivalent to the 'X' rating for pornography. Content description may read 'male and female frontal nudity, explicit sex acts with penetration'.AO Rating Meaning Modified 3/03. Was originally listed as an equivalent to the MPAA's NC-17.
Additional Content Descriptions may include:
  • Mild Language
  • Strong Language
  • Nudity
  • Brief Nudity
  • Violence
  • Graphic Violence
  • Violence in fight/war scenes
  • Frightening for younger children
  • Sex
  • Erotica
  • Sexual talk
  • Implied sex
  • Explicit sex
  • Some sex scenes
  • Sexual innuendos
  • Substance abuse

The Film Advisory Board Rating System for films is the only "Official" professional rating system other than the MPAA… so why are "Direct-to-video" production companies wasting time and money?

FAB's Rating System is COST and TIME EFFECTIVE with rating services based on running time…NOT negative costs! As an example, a 90 minute film rating cost just $2,250.00!

View a list of submission forms and guideline documents.

Our rating system is featured on Videos / Films / Tele-Features from:
TURNER HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHOWTIME NETWORKS INC. PRISM ENTERTAINMENT
FOX / LORBER HOLLANE CORPORATION CITY LIGHTS
QUEST ENTERTAINMENT ATLANTIC RELEASING CORP. VIDMARK / TRIMARK
MUTUAL GENERAL FILMS TRIBORO ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVE HOME VIDEO
ACADEMY ENTERTAINMENT CINETRUST REPUBLIC PICTURES
INDY VIDEO ASSOCIATES GOODTIMES HOME VIDEO VIVID VISUALS VIDEO
IMPERIAL ENTERTAINMENT MONARCH HOME VIDEO …AND OTHERS
CINEVEST ENTERTAINMENT

 

SENATE BILL #184 W. VIRGINIA PASSED MARCH 1990

Enr. Com. Sub. for S.B. No. 184] 2
5 variety and number of movie video cassettes available
6 to the consumer for home use has significantly
7 increased. This growth in the marketplace has resulted
8 in some film makers and distributors choosing not to
9 be subject to the voluntary rating system, putting the
10 consumer in the position of being wihtout the guid-
11 ance of such rating system in making rental or
12 purchase decisions. The Legislature believes that the
13 public has a right to be informed about movie video
14 cassette ratings or the lack thereof in making rental or
15 purchase decisions.
§61-8E-2. Definitions
1 In this article, unless a different meaning is palinly
2 required:
3 (1) "Business entity" means any sole proprietor-
4 ship, partnership or corporation;
5 (2) "Official rating" means an official rating of the
6 Motion Picture Association of America and the Film
7 Advisory Board, Inc.; and
8 (3) "Video movie" means a video tape or video disc
9 copy of a motion picture film.
§61-8E-3. Labeling of video movies designated for sale or rental; penalties.
1 (a) No business entity in this state shall sell, offer
2 for sale, rent, or offer for rent, any video movie which
3 does not have visibly and legibly displayed on the
4 cassette case or jacket, an official rating or, if the
5 motion picture film has obtained no such rating, the
6 designation "NOT RATED" or "N.R.".
7 (b) Any business entity which knowingly violates
8 the provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall be
9 guilty of a misdemeanor and for a first offense
10 conviction shall be fined not more than twenty-five
11 dollars. A conviction for a second or subsequent
12 offense shall subject the offender to a fine not to
13 exceed one hundred dollars.