Universal's Bruno Gets an R Rating from the MPAA
by Alex Billington
April 17, 2009
We last reported that the outrageous and soon-to-be controversial comedy Bruno had received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA on its first pass. Of course, Universal was going to edit the film and submit it again, so that news wasn't a statement that they would try to release it as is. On the other hand, we mentioned it as a way of saying that Bruno would indeed be as completely crazy as we're all hoping. Universal has confirmed as of yesterday that Bruno now has an official R rating this time around, for "pervasive strong and crude sexual content, graphic nudity and language." Sounds like we're in for some more blurred body parts.
We already all saw the trailer for Bruno a few weeks ago, so we know some of what we're in for, but I'm sure there's a whole more that we don't know about yet. I can't wait to see the backlash this is going to receive and the lawsuits that will be filed once it hits. I know there are going to be plenty of pissed off people and it should be a fun summer just to watch how all of that plays out. I've heard from some early test screenings (including one last night) that there are scenes with full-frontal nudity, and like the naked fight scene in Borat, I'm assuming they had to blur out some of that to get the R rating. We'll find out on July 10th!