Success! NC-17 Rating for 'Blue Valentine' Has Been Overturned

December 8, 2010
Source: Deadline

Blue Valentine

In case you weren't aware, there's been quite the controversy surrounding the NC-17 rating that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) doled out for Derek Cianfrance's raw drama Blue Valentine starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. From the trailer and the seductive poster, we've seen that the film will be quite the powerful and passionate drama, but apparently one particular scene of sexuality was just too much for the MPAA. Thankfully, the MPAA announced today that they have overturned their initial, seemingly unfair, rating and have decided an R-rating is enough for the "strong graphic sexual content". Whew!

Throughout this whole process, Cianfrance and The Weinstein Company have been baffled by the NC-17 rating. Even star Ryan Gosling said the MPAA's was being "misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman's sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film." Cianfrance himself opposed the rating, but before the appeal process had even started, the director said they wouldn't be changing one frame of the film to try and appease the MPAA to get their deserved R-rating. Here's what he had to say on the matter when he spoke with The Wrap:

“To me, that’s censorship. And I respect what the actors are doing in this movie too much to change that. It’s as if to say, ‘Ryan, Michelle, you’re good in this movie, but you’re a little too good. It was never our intention to make a movie that would offend people. It was a movie that would try to respect people. What you’re left with at end of this movie is emotions. Ultimately, I take it as a compliment that the feeling gave this movie an NC-17.”

Thankfully, the now overturned NC-17 rating won't keep any viewers away who still seem to think the adult rating is synonymous with pornography. And if the glowing reviews from Alex and Brandon, after seeing the film at Sundance earlier this year, are any indicator, then this is one drama that should be seen by anyone who's ever been in love. Kudos to The Weinstein Company, Derek Cianfrance and everyone who showed their support through public outcry for a fair rating from an organization who has been consistently inconsistent with their ratings standards. If you'd live more information and evidence as to how strange and secretive the rating process is for the MPAA, feel free to check out This Film Is Not Yet Rated right now on Netflix Instant. Good news?

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terrific news

Joey on Dec 8, 2010


MPAA needs to have a standard that judges all films equally. Glad to see this happen.

Hmm on Dec 8, 2010


Stop the presses!

Crapola on Dec 8, 2010


So what am I supposed to be excited that kids under 17 can see it now? Millions of adults are now breathing a sigh of relief that they can now take their underage kids\friends to this. Yeah not really losing sleep over this. Who knows, it may actually hurt their box office take now. How many people shelled out the dough for Showgirls just because it was NC-17? If that was just R-rated, it would not have made as much money as it did. Anyhow I'm guessing most adults like me are not now saying "Now that it's rated R instead of NC-17, I will now go see it." Whatever.

jjboldt on Dec 8, 2010


#4.. the R rating means that the film will be released in more theaters, allowing those of us that don't live in NYC, LA, SF or Chi-town a chance to see it on the big screen. In other words, it is good news!

Marcus on Dec 8, 2010


Neat. I'm excited to see it. Gosling is fantastic. Williams is adorable. And sex scenes make the world go 'round.

Cracky on Dec 8, 2010


Shows Ryan's dick being inserted into Michelles wet slimey vaginal opening, just like in Antichrist.

Mike Balrog on Dec 8, 2010


that right it a R movie

shauna on Dec 8, 2010


Do Gosling and Williams get into some pegging in this movie? Or Brown Bunny-style blowjobs? What's all the fuss about?

sex lies and videotape on Dec 10, 2010

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