Fox Searchlight Embraces Shame‘s NC-17 Rating

It’s not surprising to see that the MPAA labeled Fox Searchlight’s Shame with an NC-17 rating. This is after the studio expressed that no alterations would be made to Steve McQueen’s sophomore effort (after 2008’s Hunger) once it dated its theatrical release.

Instead of putting up a fight, like Harvey Weinstein did for The King’s Speech‘s restricted rating, Fox Searchlight president Stephen Gilula puts a positive spin on a rating that is still considered taboo.

“I think NC-17 is a badge of honor, not a scarlet letter. We believe it is time for the rating to become usable in a serious manner. The sheer talent of the actors and the vision of the filmmaker are extraordinary. It’s not a film that everyone will take easily, but it certainly breaks through the clutter and is distinctive and original. It’s a game changer.”

“Game changer” might be too much, but I do like the idea that Shame‘s December release will “break through the clutter.” Because compared to New Year’s Eve or Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, I’d rather take what’s behind door #3 (even if that something might need some clothes).

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Source: Awards Daily

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