NC-17 films: Why they got the rating
By Noelene Clark and Nardine Saad
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'Bad Education' | 2004 | NC-17( Diego Lopez Calvin / Sony Pictures Classic )
Box office: $5,211,842
Despite the fact that this Sony Pictures Classics film came from international auteur Pedro Almodovar, theater owners and media outlets still opposed its release after its NC-17 rating for a scene of explicit sexual content. The Spanish film with English subtitles spanned multiple years and centered on a predatory transsexual named Ignacio who had been abused by a priest in school. The film tackles abuse and misconduct in the Catholic church and is laden with multiple sex scenes of implied pedophilia.
Times film reviewer Carina Chocano wrote: "'Bad Education' doesn't let anyone off the hook -- not the church, not the spiritually bereft cults of materialism and celebrity, not actors (they're liars), not directors (propagandists), not even his old friends, the scrappy outcasts. Maybe, by excluding them, Almodovar spares the women he's so often cast as heroes. Then again, he could be suggesting there's just no such thing anymore."