A movie, also commonly known as a movie trailer, short film, or video movie, is an artistic work of multimedia visual art utilized to simulate actual experiences, stories, ideas, emotions, beauty, or setting through the medium of moving images. It usually includes a storyboard and background music, and may include several synchronized scenes depicting the main character(s) as well as background scenery and action. The plot of the movie often revolves around an ongoing conflict or a problem solving process involving the characters. Movie trailers are also referred to as a trailer, a pitch, a fast forward, or a widescreen.
In the past, movies were largely censored for adult viewers, under the argument that audiences would be unable to accept depictions of nudity or other forms of content deemed to be inappropriate for mature audiences. However, in recent years, movies have gradually been accepting more liberal attitudes toward nudity, sexual content, and action. This is most apparent in the modern era of blockbuster films, which often create large amounts of hype before their release dates, often featuring intense action sequences and titillating nudity. Some films that have strong subject matter or high level of pornography are also widely marketed to adults, who typically enjoy titillation and sexual entertainment in the same way as their younger counterparts.
Since the creation of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), standard guidelines for movie ratings have been developed to help inform viewers about what they can and cannot expect to see in a particular film. Generally, these ratings focus on the content of the story, rather than the types of nudity, sex, profanity, or violence contained in the film. For example, a movie that contains heavy action, intense fighting, and violence would most likely receive an M rating, while a movie with tender and romantic content would likely receive a PG (Parental Guide) rating. Additionally, certain types of nudity, such as scenes of prolonged skin exposure or overt sexual themes, can be rated an X rated, even if it is implied or depicted in a tasteful manner.