The Weinstein Company Wins MPAA R-Rating Appeal for 'Philomena'

November 13, 2013


Just last week, we highlighted The Weinstein Company's fight against the MPAA to get the R-rating for their film Philomena knocked down to a PG-13. The initial rating was for "strong language" because there are two instances of the word "fuck" used in the film. Other than that, the film is a heartfelt tale about a woman (Judi Dench) sent away to a convent to be looked after, with her three-year-old son being sent to America, and a vow that she would never see him again. But 50 years later, a journalist (Steve Coogan) accompanies her to finally find her son. Now The Weinstein Company (via The Wrap) says they have won their appeal.

Weistein said, “We owe this victory to Barbara Broccoli, producer of the James Bond series, Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes who because of their relationship with Judi Dench gave permission to spoof the ratings system using the M character.  We know that went a long way into shedding light on the themes of the movie and the fact that the PG-13 rating was correct. We are glad the MPAA has a good sense of humor and with the cooperation of Barbara and her team it was proven once again no one does it better than James Bond. And my sincerest congratulations to Steve Coogan, who went to the MPAA and defended the case personally.” We're just glad the MPAA decided not to be stubborn about this and realized they were wrong.

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  • Michael Baldwin
    God forbid a 1-16 year old hears "fuck" more than once in a movie...
    • VAharleywitch
      I dunno about a 1 year old.... but certainly a 13-16 y/o.
      • Michael Baldwin
        i meant the age group who are allowed to actually see pg13s. which is any one!
  • Yaanu
    I wonder if they'll try to retroactively appeal the R rating for "Bully".
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  • l.21
    Of all the systems to fight, the rating system? Seriously? They knew the standard, but somehow, one more swear word is so important? They can't just follow the rules. As usual, the Weinsteins raise the bar for pretentious, self-righteous, pompous hollywood jerks that feel like they know better.
    • Wafffles
      That's one way to look at it, but you have to admit that it's pretty ridiculous that a 13 year old can hear one F-bomb, but you have to have a parent with you or be 17 to hear two F-bombs. I think it's generally a stand against archaic rating standards to set a precedent for the future, more so than that this particular movie just had to swear once more.
  • cobrazombie
    I'm pretty sure TWC do this deliberately just for the free publicity.




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