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MPAA Denies NC-17 Appeal on Jennifer Lynch's 'Chained'

By Austin Dale | Indiewire May 1, 2012 at 6:28PM

On and on goes the saga of the MPAA ratings appeals. Sometimes it's part of a big publicity stunt (think anything Weinstein); sometimes the MPAA just gets it wrong ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower" had its rating changed earlier this year). And sometimes the appeals have been frivolous.
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Jennifer Lynch's "Chained"
Jennifer Lynch's "Chained"

On and on goes the saga of the MPAA ratings appeals. Sometimes it's part of a big publicity stunt (think anything Weinstein); sometimes the MPAA just gets it wrong ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower" had its rating changed earlier this year). And sometimes the appeals have been frivolous.

The failed appeal of Jennifer Lynch's new film, "Chained," would seem to fall into the last category. The film stars Vincent D'Onofrio, Eamon Farren and Julia Ormond; Anchor Bay is the distributor. We haven't seen it yet (and no date is set), but take a look at a synopsis, courtesy of Horror-Movies.ca:

Eight-year-old Tim and his mother, Sarah, are picked up by Bob, a deranged taxi cab driver on the hunt for his next victim. Tim witnesses his first murder, the murder of his mother, but it would not be his last. Bob keeps Tim as a reluctant protégé, forcing him to clean and bury the bodies of the young women he drags home. Now a teenager, Tim must make a life or death choice between following in Bob’s footsteps or breaking free from his captor.

After the success of "Shame," the NC-17 is no longer a movie's kiss of death, and in the case of "Chained," rated NC-17 for its explicit violence, it seems like a fitting rating for what looks like a genre film made for adults.

Jennifer Lynch has had one of contemporary Hollywood's most maligned careers. Her 1993 bomb "Boxing Helena" was met with feminist anger and cries of nepotism (She's David Lynch's offspring); to say her most recent film "Hisss" didn't work out would be an understatement

Check out the trailer for "Chained" below. What do you think?

This article is related to: Jennifer Lynch, MPAA, Bully