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by Sarah Salovaara
November 12, 2013 4:34 PM
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Watch: Judi Dench Gets Back into Character as M, Enlists Steve Coogan in Funny or Die Crusade Against 'Philomena' MPAA Rating

The Weinsteins are at war with the MPAA again. Their upcoming release, "Philomena," which stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, was recently slapped with an R rating due to the MPAA ruling that it consists of more than one “harsher, sexually-derived word” used as an expletive.

The Weinstein Company argues that based on the film's subject matter, which concerns the unlikely duo of a journalist and ex-nun in the search for her long-lost son, "Philomena" ought to be granted with the more family-friendly PG-13. To support their distributor's crusade, Dench and Coogan appear in a new video for "Funny or Die," that plays on the former's role as "M" in the James Bond series. Watch below.


  • Captain Metropolis | November 12, 2013 5:58 PMReply

    Does no one else find it ironic that Harvey Weinstein is the first to wail about MPAA ratings (mainly as a publicity stunt) while blatantly cutting movies without the filmmaker's consent? (SNOWPIERCER, anyone?)

  • kevin | November 12, 2013 9:42 PM


    But have you seen "Philomena?" No way it should be rated R. I saw it last week and I would have rated it PG.