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This Film Is Not Rated
August 31, 2006, 2:14 pm
Filed under: gay and lesbian

What I’ve suspected for years, the new documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated proves. The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) tends to be harsher on films with gay and mature adult sexuality, giving films like BOYS DON’T CRY and THE COOLER a NC-17 rating while dumb ass comedies like AMERICAN PIE get the coveted R rating, ensuring box office success and encouraging studios for endless remakes.

If you get the chance, check this film out. I included a listing of times and dates at the bottom along with an insert from a Salon interview with director Kirby Dick that details the film’s argument about the MPAA’s unfair treatment of gay-themed films and why.

From Salon….

In “But I’m a Cheerleader,” the ratings board found a masturbation scene offensive, possibly because the teenage girl in the scene is fantasizing about another girl. That scene is far more chaste than the infamous one in “American Pie” in which a hetero teen boy satisfies himself with the aid of recently baked pastry. That film received an R rating, while “But I’m a Cheerleader” got an NC-17.

As director Kimberly Peirce tells Dick, the MPAA board asked for cuts in a sex scene in “Boys Don’t Cry” where all we can see is costar Chloë Sevigny’s face. Of course, Sevigny’s character is being orally pleasured by Hilary Swank’s character at the time, and seems to be enjoying a delirious orgasm. The clear message, Peirce says, was: Not too much female pleasure, please, it makes us uncomfortable.

“It might not be an accident that the way the ratings board comes down on gay sex happens to help the MPAA in Washington,” Dick says. “The motion-picture ratings are only a small part of what the organization does. The larger part of what they do is their lobbying presence in Washington, where they have recently been quite successful in getting a lot of onerous copyright and piracy laws passed. By coming down hard on films with gay sexual content, that allows them to curry favor with precisely the people who are the most uncomfortable with homosexuality and who hold the balance of power on Capitol Hill.”

This Film Is Not Yet Rated opens Sept. 1 at the IFC Center in New York and the Nuart in Los Angeles; Sept. 8 in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas; Sept. 15 in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Palm Springs, Calif., Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Ore., and Washington; Sept. 22 in Austin, San Diego and Seattle; Sept. 29 in Cleveland, Minneapolis, San Jose, Calif., and Tucson, Ariz.; Oct. 6 in Denver and Salt Lake City; and Oct. 13 in Nashville, with more cities to follow.

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