How the hell did ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ get an ‘R’ rating from the MPAA?

Posted by · 4:20 pm · October 22nd, 2008

The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that “Slumdog Millionaire” has received an “R” rating from the MPAA, and I’m frankly stunned.  Considering the stuff that passes for PG-13 nowadays, and despite the violence in the film (which is tense but rarely frightening or graphic), I thought for sure the film had an easy road to a more accessible rating.

Shocked.  More later, when I have time to be properly pissed about this.

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  • 1 10-22-2008 at 4:40 pm

    Casey said...

    I have yet to see the film but there’s no way this can be rougher than The Dark Knight

  • 2 10-22-2008 at 5:39 pm

    Matthew said...

    Are there any f-words in it? Because if so, it’s definitely an R. The MPAA is full of idiots and crooks.

  • 3 10-22-2008 at 6:01 pm

    Xavier said...

    This could criple its box office chances…

  • 4 10-22-2008 at 6:02 pm

    Doug said...

    According to boxofficemojo the reason for the rating is “some violence, disturbing images and language”

  • 5 10-22-2008 at 6:37 pm

    Patrick said...

    Unbelievable. These geezers on the MPAA need to take a course on the value of art versus the value of trash.

  • 6 10-22-2008 at 6:49 pm

    Doug said...

    This brings to mind the first time I saw The Man Who Wasn’t There and I was shocked that it got an R rating for “a scene of violence.”

    This rating for Slumdog Millionaire is just as stupid. The only thing I can think of is that the movie must have more than the two f-words allowed in a PG13 movie.

  • 7 10-22-2008 at 7:48 pm

    Seany P said...

    Is there even gonna be a trailer for the film. I havent seen like one bit of it

  • 8 10-22-2008 at 10:12 pm

    John said...

    I don’t recall any f-bombs in the movie. I think the rating is for the torture scenes in the beginning and for some other violent scenes. Plus, the film is presented in such a rapid, in-your-face, “City of God” style that perhaps the MPAA folks felt like they were exposed to more than they really were.

    With that being said, keep in mind that the wholesome “Little Miss Sunshine” was also rated R.

    Those MPAA raters are strange people indeed.

  • 9 10-23-2008 at 12:35 am

    Josh said...

    I agree. I saw the film on Sunday and loved it. Walking out I was sure it would be rated PG-13. Yes there is some violence however there really is no blood and the quick editing makes the violence seem as brief as possible. There is only one f word if I can remember correctly. In fact there isn’t even that much swearing. Danny Boyle definitely should appeal because it deserves a PG-13.

  • 10 10-23-2008 at 1:47 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    MPAA simply doesn’t like those smart indies nowadays. They all get slapped with R-idiculous ratings.