As we know by now with the MPAA: violence good, sex bad. And so today brings with it another tale of a movie that has made the ratings body just a bit too hot under the collar, but it also happens to be one of the biggest films of the year: "The Wolf Of Wall Street."
THR reports that Martin Scorsese's upcoming epic—with the trade also confirming recent reports that it runs 2 hours and 59 minutes—was initially returned with an NC-17 rating thanks to "abundant, explicit sex (not to mention drugs)." Of course, no major studio movie is ever going to get released with an NC-17, so trims, cut and edits were made (though it's not clear how extensive they were) to ensure the movie got an R rating, and it seems everyone is happy (or at least not making their concerns public).
That quite can't be said for Evan Rachel Wood who heatedly took to Twitter this week to slam the MPAA for cuts made to her recent film, "Charlie Countryman." It would appear that between its Sundance premiere and recent release, a scene in which she receives some oral pleasure from Shia LaBeouf wound up on the cutting room floor to appease the prudes at the ratings group. She criticized the MPAA for not blinking at the film's explicit violence but balking once clothes came off.
"This is a symptom of a society that wants to shame women and put them down for enjoying sex, especially......when (gasp) the man isn't getting off as well! Its hard for me to believe that had the roles been reversed it still would have been cut..., " she wrote. You can read her full comments right here.
So, another day, another MPAA controversy. "The Wolf Of Wall Street" brings the business on Christmas Day.