Hoping to reverse a potentially damaging ruling by the MPAA last week, The Weinstein Company said today that it would appeal last week’s NC-17 rating for its Sundance 2010 pick up, “Blue Valentine” by Derek Cianfrance.
Observers have speculated that the rare NC-17 ruling might not only be fatal for its box office potential, but seriously compromise its Awards Season outlook. The late December roll out of the Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams anti-romance, which received heavy buzz in Park City in January, created an uproar last week, with the consensus that the ratings board had made an unfair ruling. TWC co-head Harvey Weinstein made an official statement about the ruling, thanking colleagues for their support of the film, which recently played at the Toronto and Hamptons film festivals, saying the company will ask the MPAA to re-consider.
“We want to express our deepest gratitude to our colleagues in the industry and in the media for their recent outpouring of support for Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine after the film surprisingly received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA,” Weinstein said. “We are taking every possible step to contest the MPAA’s decision. We respect the work of the MPAA and we hope, after having a chance to sit down with them, they will see that our appeal is reasonable, and the film, which is an honest and personal portrait of a relationship, would be significantly harmed by such a rating.”
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[Editor’s Note: This story has been revised.]