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L.A. Inquiry Project
Are movies a positive or negative influence on people?

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Movies often contain subject matter that could potentially influence a person in a negative way. However, movie ratings are in place to stop this from happening. The more questionable the content of the film, the higher the rating it receives. This prevents younger people, who are generally less mature and capable of handling extreme content, from watching films that could negatively influence them. Unfortunately, even adults can be negatively affected by films. Many believe that watching too many violent movies can desensitize the viewer to violence, which can lead the viewer to potentially violent acts. But are movies in general a bad influence on people? I must conclude that they are not. The majority of movies don’t contain graphic content, and are only meant to be a form of entertainment.