Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire Slapped With an R Rating?!
The MPAA released another batch of ratings today and include amongst them was Danny Boyle's fantastic film Slumdog Millionaire. But instead of the announcement being forgettable as always, Slumdog was slapped with an R rating! Not only is this a bit confusing given it really is a PG-13 film, but it might hurt its eventual theatrical performance, especially given it was on track to becoming Fox Searchlight's next huge hit. The MPAA cites "some violence, disturbing images and language" as the reasons it was given an R rating, all of which it does have, but none of which ever extended into the R realm. This is blasphemy!
I recall a conversation with a friend who asked, after seeing Slumdog Millionaire, whether it would end up being a PG-13 film (since at film festivals there are no ratings). My immediate answer - it was made to be PG-13, no question. The scenes with excessive violence were always cut in order to not push the boundaries of the R rating and stay within the PG-13 realm. So how the heck did this end up getting rated R? Who knows the real answer, given the MPAA is run by a group of wackos, but let's just hope it doesn't hurt the film. I'm worried that this rating will cause uniformed moviegoers to take a second look.
No matter what happens with the rating, be sure you see Slumdog Millionaire sometime this year. It won't hit theaters until December, but it's one of the best films all year long. I've seen it twice already and plan on seeing it a few more times by year's end. It's just that good! Danny Boyle has made one of the must enduring, entertaining, and fascinating films in a long time and it deserves to be seen by everyone.