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Steve McQueen's "Shame" Gets Rating From MPAA + Fox Searchlight's Reaction

by Tambay A. Obenson
October 25, 2011 12:13 PM
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To the surprise of absolutely no one, the MPAA has officially blessed (or cursed, depending on your POV) Steve McQueen's sex addiction drama, Shame, with an NC-17 rating.

Reasons given? "Some explicit sexual content." No surprise there either!

But Fox Searchlight, the company distributing the film, isn't at all concerned; in fact, they've embraced the rating, calling for a shift in how its generally perceived.

To wit... Fox Searchlight exec Steve Gilula said:

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.

There ya have it!

I should also add that Fox Searchlight plans to push the film during awards season as a contender. Star Michael Fassbender's performance has been near-universally praised by critics and reviewers, with some expecting him to be among the list of Oscar nominees.

I saw the film earlier this month at the NYFF, and reviewed it afterward, giving it a thumbs up. You can read my thoughts HERE, if you missed it.

Poster and trailer below.

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  • jingmei | October 26, 2011 6:10 AMReply

    Why horny subjects always matter? Besides this is a good movie for real, by all means first of all.

  • Neziah | October 26, 2011 5:45 AMReply

    Yes!!!!!!!! Lol

  • LeonRaymond Mitchell | October 26, 2011 4:37 AMReply

    The sad part is I glad it is a risky film , but the horrible double standard is there, women show breast and pubic hair and get a soft R but in this film the Penis shows and they flip out and give it an NC-17? both are no big deal in cinema but that male penis strikes fear to Mr and Mrs. Front Porch Bible Belt. Robert Altman's film Short Cuts showed Julianne Moore full frontal pubic hair for a 3 minutes here the Penis is there for maybe 7 seconds. ,y point both are no Big deal. what they are truly afraid of is what some one in Hollywood termed "PORN CREEP" they just need to grow up and deal with films that show adult subject matter and rate them correctly. I 'm just saying!

  • MulletLove | October 26, 2011 1:57 AMReply

    Some good spin, indeed, Jug. I think it's accurate as well. NC-17 needs to come out of the closet and let its freak flag fly. And we need some new blood in American cinema (yes, this is a Brit film, but it was filmed and took place in New York), some risks, something worth watching (or at least worth talking about the next day).

    And shoot, today's NC-17 was 1986's rated-R. Anybody here old enough to remember when 91/2 Weeks came out, and what was in that ish?? Oh, please. Still blushworthy!

  • Zeus | October 25, 2011 12:53 PMReply

    I definitely can't wait to see it now!

    And yes, that was some pathetic spin. You know damn well those PG-13 happy execs yelled "FUCK"! when they heard that decision.

    Actually, we do need more R rated and NC-17 films. They take more risks and are usually more engaging. Hollywood plays it too safe.

  • Jug | October 25, 2011 12:40 PMReply

    That's some of the best spin I've heard in years, That dude needs to go work on Capitol Hill!

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