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Teens say R-movie rule no hindrance

Many young people had the same reaction to the new rules requiring unaccompanied teenagers to show a photo ID to get into violent and sexually explicit films: No big deal.

"I'll probably just sneak in anyway," said one 16-year-old, standing in the lobby of a theater complex in Columbus, Ohio.Movie theater owners insist, however, that the measures adopted during a White House ceremony Tuesday mean anyone under 17 won't get into R-rated films unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

"We believe that this will go a long way in carrying out our responsibilities to the parents of America," said William F. Kartozian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners, which endorsed the plan.

The White House said it would try to get all theaters -- as well as video store owners -- to follow suit. Many said they would.

President Clinton asked the movie industry to tighten enforcement of the existing film rating system in the wake of the recent shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

Jamie Frizzell, 15, of Standish, Maine, said the policy will only encourage teens to get fake IDs and sneak into movie theaters.

"It sounds like a stupid idea," said Frizzell, who was hanging out in Boston's Harvard Square Tuesday. "You're going to get kids doing stupid things to get into R-rated movies."

Lawrence Darby, 13, said his friends never have trouble getting into R-rated films, and sometimes get adults in line to pretend they are together.