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View Diary: Overnight News Digest 11/22/2013 (31 comments)

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  •  Am I right to assume that... (8+ / 0-)

    the film is not being submitted to the MPAA for a rating?

    There's no "This film has not yet been rated" disclaimer at the beginning of the trailer.

    •  That's A Good Question (6+ / 0-)

      It could be there's no finished cut to submit the MPAA yet.

      However, since it's probably a given the movie would get an NC-17, and the film is probably more art house fare anyway, they might not submit it to the MPAA and leave it unrated.

    •  There's a good documentary by that name, BTW... (5+ / 0-)

      "This Film Is Not Yet Rated"

      It shows how secretive and under the influence of the religious lobby the MPAA's rating board is. Films with sexual content (even non-realistic sex scenes, such as the one with with marionettes in "Team America: World Police") are rated much more harshly than even the most violent films.

      Co-writer Matt Stone says that they intentionally submitted a much more graphic first cut (with all kinds of nasty shit they didn't want to include) so that the final cut wouldn't look so bad to the board.

      •  The MPAA's Dumb Rules (6+ / 0-)
        • Brian De Palma's 'Scarface' originally had an X-rating. De Palma cut the film three different times trying to achieve an R-rating to no avail. It was only after the studio appealed, and the MPAA reconsidered that the film achieved an R-rating. However, De Palma & the studio decided to release the original cut of the film, not the third edit.
        • At the end of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' the Ark of the Covenant is opened and all of the evil Nazis and their supporters are killed in incredibly gruesome ways. The worst was saved for Belloq (Paul Freeman), Indiana Jones’ main nemesis throughout the film. In the movie, his head explodes while being engulfed in flames. However, that wasn’t what director Steven Spielberg originally intended. Spielberg originally wanted Belloq’s head to explode on its own, but the MPAA deemed it too violent. So he was forced to add flames to make the explosion less graphic.

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