Monday, June 23, 2008

MPAA loves violence but scared of sex

I don't get this. Truly, I don't. Kevin Smith's upcoming film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, is in trouble with the MPAA. It does not look good for even an R rating. They want to give it an NC-17 rating...meaning the movie will lose countless numbers of dollars to Seth Rogen fans sneaking into the film.

A blood and guts film gets an R rating while a sexual film gets an NC-17 rating?!? Where is the justice in that?!?

Seth Rogen spoke to MTV:
The MPAA is gunning for us, I think," sighed Rogen, discussing the current difficulties he and director Kevin Smith are encountering during the rating process of their highly anticipated October comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno." "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."

Sure, the title alone would seem to indicate a natural conflict with the Motion Picture Association of America. But the film, about two platonic friends whose monetary needs have them making a sex tape but eventually falling for each other, sounds like vintage romance-through-rudeness fare from writer/director Smith. And if he was able to give his fans all those fellatio jokes in "Clerks," the finger-cuffs references in "Chasing Amy" and the donkey-show performance in "Clerks 2," then what's the problem?

"They are really f---ing around with us," Rogen said, only half-joking. "Those di--s!

"A guy f---ing a donkey, they ain't got no problem with," he continued. "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."[...]

"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 sh-- like that," Rogen shrugged. "But you can't show two people having sex — that's too much."
Oh well. I guess I'll have to get the unrated version when it comes out...

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