Shame Movie Given NC-17 Rating by MPAA

Shame Movie Given NC-17 Rating by MPAA

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By Ron Ecstasy on October 28, 2011

Not that any of us are surprised. Shame, the much buzzed about drama focuses on the sex addiction of its main character, played by Michael Fassbender. And it was his full frontal scene that earned the movie the NC-17 rating. Oddly enough Fassbender's co-star Carey Mulligan also has a full nude scene, but no mention of her performance was made in the MPAA's ruling.
I haven't seen the film, but the general understanding is that there are a whole ton of sex scenes and you see a lot of Fassbender's junk flopping around. There also ought to be a healthy helping of tits and ass flashing around the screen.
Fox-Searchlight was likely aware of the potential ratings issue when it acquired the film back in September. Though, surprisingly, they opted not to change a bit of director Steve McQueen's film. I know what you're thinking, its not THAT Steve McQueen, the other one.
Considering Shame screened at many prominent film festivals, Fox probably knew what they were getting themselves into when they purchased it. Whether or not they have a Marketing Scheme to overcome the obvious pitfalls associated with the NC-17 stigmata is another question.
Back in 1990 when the X rating gave way to NC-17 many theaters refused to show the films. Video stores as well wouldn't stock many titles that bore the rating. There have been some hits that managed to transcend the NC-17 rating, but those are few and far between. Requiem for a Dream is the only one that comes to mind. Even in Requiem's case its arguable that the iconic scenes of drug use and prostitution are a major draw for some viewers.
The film is in theaters on December 2nd.

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