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Blue Valentine Producers Appealing NC-17 Rating and Refusing to Re-Edit Film

Have You Ever Seen an NC-17 Movie?

The predicament of Blue Valentine's film rating may be as dramatic as the emotional subject matter of the film: after being slapped with an NC-17 label for a sensitive scene between stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, the producers are appealing the rating and refusing to re-edit. It would be unfortunate to say the least for Blue Valentine to be stuck with those restrictions, since it was one of my favorite films at Sundance this year.

Despite the deterrent of such a harsh rating (and limited theater release), people of course still manage to see NC-17 movies. I personally have seen a few (The Dreamers and Showgirls come to mind, though I didn't see either in the theater) — have you?

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MeiGaku MeiGaku 6 years
the MPAA is ridiculous, hypocritical, and is completely biased against films with nudity. just go watch this film is not yet rated. i'm still going to try to see blue valentine though!
care0531 care0531 6 years
I remember it being a big deal when Kids was released as an NC-17 movie. Other than that I honestly don't really pay attention to rating of movies unless its something my daughter wants to see.
wolfpackgal wolfpackgal 6 years
How have all these people seen The Dreamers, and I've never even heard of it? :( I've never seen an NC-17 movie, because Showgirls on VH1 doesn't count.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
Yes. I have seen "The Dreamers", "Showgirls", and "Henry and June".
weffie weffie 6 years
Kids, Gummo, Romper Stomper, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, even Evil Dead was originally rated X. I don't see what the point is any more... we all watch the unrated versions of movies as soon as they come out on DVD anyway, just like kids can even though they weren't allowed to see them in the theatre. I'm not saying children SHOULD watch Gummo or Romper Stomper, just that we shouldn't pretend slapping a logo on a movie poster will actually stop them.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
I've seen The Dreamers and Kids. I agree with what Michael Pitt said about it. People seem more comfortable with extreme violence and horror in movies, but nudity and sex is viewed as obscene. Seems kind of backwards, since nudity and sex is natural and sawing someone to pieces isn't.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Beautiful disaster hit the nail on the head.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 6 years
I've seen The Dreamers and Kids.
beautiful-disaster beautiful-disaster 6 years
i think the NC-17 rating which (in the states at least) is based pretty much just on sexual content is ridiculous. I personally think that watching SAW or any other of those graphic horror movies is much more traumatizing or going to leave more reaction in the audience than a too real sex scene or two. Seriously, blown up body parts throughout 90% of movie make it pg13, but if there is so much as a nipple in there for even 0.00005 seconds it goes straight to rated R. COMMON PEOPLE
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