Grindhouse Is So Brilliantly Disgusting It Might Get NC-17
A report is going around today from NY Post's Page Six that is saying that the upcoming double-feature from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, Grindhouse, is so damn disgusting that they think it won't get anything below an NC-17 rating by the MPAA. Is this good news - oh hell yea!! The report claims (apparently from a screening somewhere) that it's so outrageous and contains so many despicable scenes, that there is no way the MPAA will give it an R when they finally watch it, unless the cut out most of the mentioned scenes. But wait, isn't that exactly what the Grindhouse is all about - exploitation and ultimate violence?!
Here's just one of the scenes described:
"There's a part where Jordan Ladd [daughter of Cheryl Ladd of 'Charlie's Angels'] is in a car with her boyfriend and giving him [oral sex] when she lovingly reaches to stroke his hair and discovers his neck is just a bloody stump - some maniac had just cut off his head while she was in the act."
You can read more of the scenes they describe over at Page Six. I've got to love this whole thing, but the buzz going around is stating that it's a bit worrisome that this might cause limitations if they don't make big cuts. SlashFilm has an interesting consideration about what The Weinstein Company, the distributors, may do. I'm incredibly excited for Grindhouse, no matter if it is NC-17 violence and sexuality, but I'm not sure if the rest of the world is ready for that.
I'm a bit confused as to why this is coming up so late and why the MPAA hasn't already screened it anyway. This upcoming weekend, 7 days away, I fly out to LA to see it myself and interview the entire cast. Let's hope that this whole issue has been settled by then. I wouldn't want my local theater, or any theater, not to play it because it was NC-17.
And an even more important question - do you think they could still sell it out if your local multiplex showed an NC-17 film?