HOW DO YOU KNOW Likely to Be Re-cut to Avoid R-Rating for Language

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Pop quiz: what do Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher, Matt Ruskin and Chris Rolle’s documentary The Hip-Hop Project and James L. Brooks’ upcoming rom-com How Do You Know all have in common? Any guesses? Anyone?  Okay, I’ll tell you: all three films, in their finished form, include over one use of the word “fuck” during the course of their running time. Yet oddly enough, despite the MPAA’s staunch ‘one ‘fuck’ per PG-13 film’ rule, two of these films–Antwone Fisher (three “fucks”) and The Hip Hop Project (seventeen)–somehow managed to avoid being slapped with an R-rating, and instead were deemed suitably appropriate for a PG-13.

How Do You Know, on the other hand, hasn’t been quite as lucky. Earlier this week Sony found their film slapped with an R-rating, on account of the film’s usage of the word ‘fuck’ three times. After losing an appeal to overturn the rating, Variety is now reporting that Sony will take the film back to the editing room in the hopes of securing a more audience-accessible rating for its December release. Hit the jump for some of my thoughts.

how_do_you_know_movie_image_owen_wilson_reese_witherspoonIt’s getting to the point now, following the MPAA’s recent decisions to slap such projects as The Tillman Story and The King’s Speech with R-ratings (as well as the slap-to-the-face that was Blue Valentine’s NC-17), where I think we need to really pause and ask ourselves: is what the MPAA calls “protection” really free-flowing censorship?

Official MPAA policy states that only one use of the word “fuck” is allowed in a PG-13 rated film. But then how do you explain the three that got by in Antwone Fisher, or the seventeen that went unpunished by in The Hip-Hop Project? What makes those instances excusable, but other films like The King’s Speech and How Do You Know, despite having less usage of the exact same word, are somehow deemed unfit for wide audiences?

Ugh…just writing this makes my blood boil. I could go on and on–how is a film as graphically violent as Saw VII possibly on the same level content-wise as the near spick-and-span It’s Complicated? How come a piece of innuendo-stuffed garbage like The Love Guru can sneak by with a PG-13, but one of the most utterly wholesome films in recent years, Once gets slapped with an R? How is this in any way ‘protection’?

Whatever. The main takeaway from all is, How Do You Know will almost certainly end up with PG-13. The King’s Speech, unfortunately, will likely remain rated R. Blue Valentine will probably be stuck with its NC-17 rating. And the MPAA will continue to get away unpunished with censorship under the guise of ‘protection.’ There’s a word for this, I can’t quite place it…oh, right–

Shameful.

Pop quiz: what do Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher, Matt Ruskin and Chris Rolle’s documentary The Hip-Hop Project and James L. Brooks’ upcoming rom-com How Do You Know all have in common? Any guesses? Anyone?

Okay, I’ll tell you: all three films, in their finished form, include over 1 “fuck” during the course of their running time. Yet oddly enough, despite the MPAA’s staunch ‘one ‘fuck’ per PG-13 film’ rule, two of these films–Antwone Fisher (three fucks) and The Hip Hop Project (seventeen)–somehow managed to avoid being slapped with an R-rating, and instead were deemed suitably appropriate for a PG-13.

How Do You Know, on the other hand, hasn’t been quite as lucky. Earlier this week Sony found their film slapped with an R-rating, on account of the film’s usage of the word ‘fuck’ three times. After losing an appeal to overturn the rating, Variety (1) is now reporting that Sony will take the film back to the editing room in the hopes of securing a more audience-accessible rating for its December release. Hit the jump for some of my thoughts.

It’s getting to the point now, following the MPAA’s recent decisions to slap such projects as The Tillman Story and The King’s Speech with R-ratings (as well as the slap-to-the-face that was Blue Valentine’s NC-17 (2)), where I think we need to really pause and ask ourselves: is what the MPAA calls “protection” really free-flowing censorship?

Official MPAA policy states that only one use of the word “fuck” is allowed in a PG-13 rated film. But then how do you explain the three that got by in Antwone Fisher, or the seventeen that went unpunished by in The Hip-Hop Project? What makes those instances excusable, but other films like The King’s Speech and How Do You Know, despite having less usage of the exact same word, are somehow deemed unfit for wide audiences?

Ugh…just writing this makes my blood boil. I could go on and on–how is a film as graphically violent as Saw VII possibly on the same level content-wise as the near spick-and-span It’s Complicated? How come a piece of innuendo-stuffed garbage like The Love Guru can sneak by with a PG-13, but one of the most utterly wholesome films in recent years, Once gets slapped with an R? How is this in any way ‘protection’?

Whatever. The main takeaway from all is, How Do You Will Know will almost certainly end up with PG-13. The King’s Speech, unfortunately, will likely remain rated R. Blue Valentine will probably be stuck with its NC-17 rating. And the MPAA will continue to get away unpunished with censorship under the guise of ‘protection.’ There’s a word for this, I can’t quite place it…oh, right–

Shameful.

1. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118027359

2. http://www.collider.com/2010/10/08/blue-valentine-ryan-gosling-michelle-williams-nc-17-rating/




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  • ArmondWhiteismymasternow

    FUCK! WHAT IS THE FUCKING PROBLEM WITH THIS FUCKING MPAA PEOPLE? DO THEY THINK WE ARE FUCKING CHILDREN? FUCK OFF THEM AND FUCK OFF THEIR POLITICAL CORRECTNESS! I WANT BACK MY FUCKING RIGHT TO LISTEN PEOPLE SCREAM THE F-WORD IN FUCKING MOVIES AS LOUD AS THEY CAN!

    P.D.: FUCK.

    • Just Sayin

      The problem is, in my opinion, that in the english language, especially American, cursing is constricted to that one word and derivatives thereof. In other parts of the world, for example Italy or Germany, you have a very colourful bucket full of tools to emphasize other words. Example: Fucking stupid. Pretty much the strongest way to say someone isn´t very bright utilising two words. Well, in the aforementioned languages there are dozens of ways to say it equally harsh and without losing “street cred”. So forbidding one word wouldn´t have the same impact. It is not as important to their censorship. They concentrate more on violence and care less about swearing and breasts.
      This leads me to my question. How is glimpsing at the undressed female upper body as dangerous to children as showing the small genocide Hollywood heroes inflict during the 90 minute span of a regular action film?
      Don´t get me wrong, I like violent movies. It´s just that I happen to like titties and imaginative cursing, too.
      Hate those bible toting, sanctimonious hypocrites, holding up their pseudo values and enforcing some medieval way of life while all I want is some naked chicks shooting at each other while screaming some flowery, derogatory insults.

    • Just Sayin

      The problem is, in my opinion, that in the english language, especially American, cursing is constricted to that one word and derivatives thereof. In other parts of the world, for example Italy or Germany, you have a very colourful bucket full of tools to emphasize other words. Example: Fucking stupid. Pretty much the strongest way to say someone isn´t very bright utilising two words. Well, in the aforementioned languages there are dozens of ways to say it equally harsh and without losing “street cred”. So forbidding one word wouldn´t have the same impact. It is not as important to their censorship. They concentrate more on violence and care less about swearing and breasts.
      This leads me to my question. How is glimpsing at the undressed female upper body as dangerous to children as showing the small genocide Hollywood heroes inflict during the 90 minute span of a regular action film?
      Don´t get me wrong, I like violent movies. It´s just that I happen to like titties and imaginative cursing, too.
      Hate those bible toting, sanctimonious hypocrites, holding up their pseudo values and enforcing some medieval way of life while all I want is some naked chicks shooting at each other while screaming some flowery, derogatory insults.

  • Mario

    Dude, you’re fuckingly right…

    LOL

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  • Keiko

    I have actually never ecathwd this movie in its entirity. Some parts of the movie really trigger me and I have to fast forward or change the channel for a few minutes then go back to it. I get very severe panic attacks and I just can’t take the chance of being triggered sometimes. I get horrible chest pains, pain in my jaw and the side of my abdomen, and everything I remember from the abuse is right in front of me. My abusers are right in front of me and it’s so real and ohh so horrible.I used to average about 30-50 panic attacks per week. Now, I’m down to about 10. I think I’ve come a long way in a little over two years, but I know I have much further to go. One day at a time!Rich

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