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by Aaron Bogert, Peter Knegt, Dana Harris, Bryce J. Renninger and Nigel M. Smith
March 29, 2012 1:23 PM
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The MPAA Being a 'Bully': 10 Films That Appealed Their Ratings

"Eyes Wide Shut" (1999)

Under contractual obligations to deliver an R-rating on Stanley Kubrick's last film "Eyes Wide Shut," Warner Bros. digitally inserted cloaked figures into the infamous orgy sequence that serves as the centerpiece to Kubrick's sexual odyssey starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. This move on Warner Bros.' part angered many a Kubrick fan, including Roger Ebert who slammed their move in his review, stating, "it's symbolic of the moral hypocrisy of the rating system that it would force a great director to compromise his vision, while by the same process making his adult film more accessible to young viewers." This was after all the director who released "A Clockwork Orange" with an X-rating. We're pretty sure Kubrick wouldn't have minded an NC-17. [Nigel M. Smith]

"Killer Joe" (2012)

William Friedkin's "Killer Joe," which Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts adapted from his own 1993 play, premiered at the 2011 Venice International Film Festival; at the closing ceremony, Italian online critics honored it with the "Golden Mouse" award. It was a promising start for the film, Friedkin's first since his little-seen 2006 "Bug" starring Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon (which Letts also adapted from his own work). However, the MPAA was less impressed: Deeming the film as containing "graphic aberrant content,the organization designated the film NC-17, a rating that it upheld on appeal. What's the problem? [SPOILER ALERT] Well, the story's about a deeply trashy Texas family that gets involved with drugs, a murder plot and Killer Joe (Matthew McConaughey), a psychopathic member of the Dallas police force who's not above beating the hell out of one of the family members, Sharla (Gina Gershon), and then forcing her to fellate his Kentucky Fried Chicken drumstick. Now there's a marketing tie-in. [Dana Harris]

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  • Barry | March 29, 2012 3:28 PMReply

    There needs to be some rating system I feel. There are challenges with its arbitrary nature, but the biggest problem is with the theaters who are said to preclude the playing of films with NC-17 ratings. This is ridiculous. They are the ones who should be feeling the heat. Film viewers can decide for themselves if they want to see a certain film and to have it excluded by these corporate bohemoths is maddening.

  • IRONY | March 29, 2012 2:49 PMReply

    The MPAA's rating criteria is RIDICULOUS! Why is violence more acceptable than sex? However, did Weinstein see his own documentary? It is ironic that the film is being distributed by the biggest BULLY in the industry - Harvey Weinstein. Not surprised his bullying tactics towards the MPAA didn't work. That said - would like to see the MPAA go away altogether.