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"R" rated movies. - December 10th 2013, 05:57 AM

So, I'm turning 17 on Friday (woot woot!) and that means I'm legally allowed to see R rated movies by myself (I live in the US. Not sure if rules/rating are different in other countries.) I don't really go to the movies too often, but there's this new one coming out after my birthday and it's rated R. I realllyyyy want to see it with a few friends (some 17, some 16). But my question is, do they usually ID you or ask your age if your going to see an R rated movie with no adult? I saw one R rated movie with my brother (who was 18 at the time), and the ticket taker IDed him. If they do ID, I don't have a drivers license yet (or a permit), and I don't think my high school student ID has my date of birth on it. I don't want to bring a passport or something just to see a movie either! What can I do/bring if they do ID me? Do they even ID? Sorry if I sound stupid, lol. I just really don't go to the movies too often so I have no idea. (Btw, I'm not going to buy a ticket to another movie and sneak into the R one. It's too much of a struggle. I mean, I can legally see R rated movies so why go through all that trouble?)


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Re: "R" rated movies. - December 10th 2013, 12:27 PM

Sometimes they ask for it, sometimes they don't (my experience). And yes, you would need an official photo ID that shows how old you are. In some states you can apply for a non-driver license photo ID at the DMV. I'd check to see what type of verification is required by your state before going to get one.
   
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Re: "R" rated movies. - December 10th 2013, 02:55 PM

You can always go to the DMV, like the above user stated, and get a state issued ID. Although I'm not entirely sure how long it will take you to receive it in the mail, at least a week or so. So you'd have to wait to see the movie - but I'm sure it won't go out of theatres just yet. I will say.. in my personal experience - they will for sure ID you. I'm 23 and I still get ID'd to see rated R movies. Heck, I got ID'd once to see a PG-13 movie!


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Re: "R" rated movies. - December 11th 2013, 09:39 PM

I have a non-driver's ID for that same reason! I found it a terrible inconvenience to have to give my ID for things that I need and not have one!

As far as the mail goes, what I had to do to get my non-driver ID was go to the DMV and stand in those incredibly annoying lines, so make sure you have time. I also have to fill out a few pieces of paper and then eventually they took my picture and gave me my ID. So for me it was a one-day process and I had a shiny new ID. Other DMVs may do different things, but hey, mine was one-day. I'm not sure if all DMVs take non-driver ID photos, so that's something you'd want to check out.

But, they may or may not card you at the movies. If you look older than your real age they may not, but there's always the chance that they may anyway. You can always ask your friends who have gone to R-rated movies if they have been carded to get a general idea of the experience. It may depend on who is selling you the ticket, or if they'd be willing to give you the benefit of the doubt.


   
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Re: "R" rated movies. - December 12th 2013, 12:04 AM

I have a non-drivers ID because of my vision (I had to get on a plane and realized I had no ID) See if you can go to a license bureau instead. Since you don't need to take a test to get one, they should be able to issue one to you and the line is A LOT shorter. They issued mine on the spot, but I have a history with the BMV because I got like 5 learner's permits before I gave up.


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Re: "R" rated movies. - December 12th 2013, 12:21 AM

ty guys! I'll have to look into a non-license ID. I didn't even know they existed! lol.


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