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MPAA Overturns Blue Valentine's NC-17 Rating

MPAA Overturns Blue Valentine's NC-17 Rating

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams‘ new film, Blue Valentine, has had its NC-17 rating overturned by the MPAA!

“The film will be given an R rating after Harvey Weinstein personally argued his position in today’s hearing,” Deadline reports, adding that the appeal board’s decision was unanimous.

The NC-17 rating was given because of a sex scene between Ryan and Michelle‘s characters, a married couple whose relationship falls apart. Ryan called the restrictive rating “misogynistic”.

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  • Liz

    You bet that rating was too much! Why is it ok when there is such a scene in the Black Swan and not in this film? Oh, because it’s exciting when it’s two girls, right? Or was it because it’s so baaaad to show a woman taking her pleasure?

  • Get real

    Good! Its about time that the MPAA stop being biased towards certain films. Its amazing how movies that feature people being cut in half, brutally murdered and beaten ect can just get R ratings yet a film that features a consensual oral sex scene has to argue to receive the same rating.

  • ashley

    i know its just acting but i dont think id want to do those scenes in a movie. i know some actors dont get nude and they are really good.

  • dan

    the power of Weinstein!!!

  • saagkhan

    that’s good … they worked hard to convince them

  • dawn


    the sex scene in black swan features no nudity and all you basically see is Natalie Portman’s facial expressions, whereas the sex scene in Blue Valentine is much more explicit, hence the original rating.

    Also, we live in a violent world. Not only is boxing a sport, it’s an olympic sport. Get a new arguement.

  • Courtney

    Oh please what was considered Risque in 1968 would be considered tame nearly 43 years later. as in the movie Rachel Rachel being R rated then in large part due to a scene were Calla kisses Rachel on the mouth being viewed as a lesbian scene it’s not that’s how the book on which the film is based was written. granted that’s a totally different story Michelle has never been nominated for an oscar let alone won one as both of those actresses had prior to that film and would be nominated for their work in that film. of course the lead actress was also the directors wife of at the time a decade

  • Kirsten

    That’s good news. They allow brutal rape scenes but not a love scene from a married couple.

  • Jones

    @ dawn – No, the sex scene in Blue Valentine is not more sexually explicit, just more emotionally honest. That’s the difference. Michelle Williams is clothed in the scene and you see no nudity. The MPAA makes no sense to me. So hypocritical when it comes to rating films. Who are these a$$wipes anyway?! Just glad to know the decision was reversed, because that rarely happens. I think the award buzz around the film helped to overturn the NC-17 rating, as well as the excellent job in public shaming executed by Harvey Weinstein and Ryan Gosling, who called the MPAA sexist. Go Ryan! Looking forward to seeing the film when it hits my neighborhood cinema!

  • Jokergurl

    The MPAA would have to overturn the NC-17 otherwise there really isn’t a release at all, it just goes to DVD and art house theatres.