Weinstein issues statement regarding NC-17 for ‘Blue Valentine’

Posted by · 8:38 am · October 14th, 2010

In case you missed the news, the MPAA slammed Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine” with a bewildering NC-17 rating last week.  The best guess is that a somewhat intense (though by my measure, not all that eyebrow-raising) oral sex scene was the culprit.

I’ve heard that Cianfrance will not make any further edits to the film so now The Weinstein Company will be appealing the decision.  This morning, Harvey Weinstein issued the following statement:

We want to express our deepest gratitude to our colleagues in the industry and in the media for their recent outpouring of support for Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine after the film surprisingly received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA. We are taking every possible step to contest the MPAA’s decision. We respect the work of the MPAA and we hope, after having a chance to sit down with them, they will see that our appeal is reasonable, and the film, which is an honest and personal portrait of a relationship, would be significantly harmed by such a rating.

[Photo: The Independent]

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  • 1 10-14-2010 at 12:12 pm

    yuhheu said...

    We can be sure that Harvey Weinstein’s money will shut MPAA’s mouth up. But sadly NC-17 it’s not the worst thing, it’s that awful December 31 release date what kills the movie. Move it a weeks earlier, Harvey!

  • 2 10-15-2010 at 6:07 am

    Pete said...

    “We can be sure that Harvey Weinstein’s money will shut MPAA’s mouth up.”

    Do you honestly believe what you are saying here? If nothing else, the mere fact of Harvey issuing a statement to the outside world should
    alert you that this was never an option. That kind of stamenet is exactly the kind of thing he should be doing by the way, even if he knows NC-17 is likely to stay. Good on him for standing up for and destigmatizing the movie.
    Also, what money?

  • 3 10-16-2010 at 7:50 am

    yuhheu said...

    have you ever read Peter Biskind’s books???

    read them, and then come here and say whatever you want to say about him.

  • 4 10-16-2010 at 12:22 pm

    Pete said...

    Yuhheu, please make no assumptions about what it is that I have or haven’t read. Just like you probably shouldn’t believe everything you read.

    And instead of offering up a long explonation I will repeat the question I’ve asked previously:

    What money?