It’s justice for “Blue Valentine” today as Harvey Weinstein’s appeal of the MPAA’s NC-17 rating has gone through, allowing for the film to receive an R and continue to reap the benefits of this publicity in the industry. Weinstein showed up personally (a first) to argue the decision and the board overturned its original rating.
But he was one-and-one, as “The King’s Speech,” which had been rated R for language (specifically a scene in which Colin Firth spouts of the f-word continuously as part of his character’s speech impediment therapy), will not be getting the preferred PG-13.
I’m really stoked this went through for Derek Cianfrance and company, though. It came on the heels of a number of stories concerning double standards with perceptions of oral sex in films like “Blue Valentine” and “Black Swan,” and actor Ryan Gosling has certainly been vocal about his feelings on the matter. The pressure was on, and rightly so. All is well.
By the way, “Blue Valentine” star Michelle Williams is set to be honored by the American Cinemateque Saturday at the Aero Theatre here in Los Angeles. SAG Film Society chair Timothy Blake will be moderating the discussion with the actress. The discussion will be followed by a screening of the film.
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