Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Singled Out by the MPAA
Unfortunately I've got to say that I saw this coming from a mile away. Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno is having troubles with the MPAA, as was expected. Not only did the MPAA quickly pull the teaser trailer that was posted online a few weeks ago, but now they're being troublesome about approving it with an R rating. Seth Rogen complains to MTV: "A guy f---ing a donkey, they ain't got no problem with, but a man and a woman having sex they seem to have real issues with, for some weird reason. It's insane. It's completely insane." He couldn't have said it better, because we all know the MPAA is insane and there's not much we can do. Most parents appreciate what they do, but in situations like this, it's painful to hear.
Rogen explained, while talking with MTV on the set of Observe and Report, that "the MPAA is gunning for us, I think." We all know why, but as a reminder, Rogen clarifies: "It's a really filthy movie. I hear they are having some problems getting an R rating from an NC-17 rating, which is never good." It definitely isn't, especially because the MPAA is notorious for having problems with sex more than violence. "They [fight against] sex stuff. Isn't that weird? It's really crazy to me that 'Hostel' is fine, with people gouging their eyes out and shit like that — but you can't show two people having sex — that's too much."
From the moment I heard about Zack and Miri Make a Porno, I knew they'd run into problems with the MPAA. I know it'll all be worked out in time, even if it means we have to see a tamed down cut in theaters and eventually watch the raunchy version on DVD. I don't even really care that much about these problems, because I know in the end we'll still see a great Kevin Smith movie with as much edgy content as the MPAA will eventually allow. Even though the first teaser trailer didn't even have any real footage, it was a hilarious introduction to the kind of over-the-top sexual content we can expect this fall.
How can we fight the MPAA's ridiculous policies?