Shame gets its expected NC-17 rating…

shame a 01Not that anyone is surprised, but the MPAA officially handed down their rating for Steve McQueen’s controversial new film Shame, and ladies and gents…it’s not an R rating.  I don’t think this is as big a hurt to the flick as it might be to others, but we shall see.  Here’s the story from The Hollywood Reporter on the announcement:

Shame, British director Steve McQueen’s portrait of a sex addict, starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, has officially received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA’s Classification and Rating Administration.

In its latest batch of ratings notices, released Tuesday, the MPAA said that the drama, which Fox Searchlight will release Dec. 2, earned the rating because of “some explicit sexual content.”

While that makes the movie off-limits to anyone under the age of 18, Searchlight is not planning to appeal the rating or make any cuts to secure a less restrictive R-rating. Instead, it’s readying a major awards push for the film.

“I think NC-17 is a badge of honor, not a scarlet letter. We believe it is time for the rating to become usable in a serious manner,” Searchlight president Steve Gilula has told The Hollywood Reporter. “The sheer talent of the actors and the vision of the filmmaker are extraordinary. It’s not a film that everyone will take easily, but it certainly breaks through the clutter and is distinctive and original. It’s a game changer.”

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Or somehow, some way raise attention to the hypocrisy of CARA and the MPAA.


Hahaha… Riddle: I can think of only one actor who received an Oscar nomination for a role in which he displayed frontal nudity… Anyone have a guess?


Oh! Viggo of course… damn… there is male frontal nudity in that film, isn´t there? Well, in that case, then there´s two… His name starts with a J


I tend to think Viggo goes full frontal in Eastern Promises; I remember at the time this was a big deal. The one I´m thinking of almost counts as a she/he: Jaye Davidson in “The Crying Game”… Best Supporting Actor in 1993. There´s nothing more frontal than that!



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