NC-17 films: Why they got the rating
By Noelene Clark and Nardine Saad
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'Blue Valentine' | 2010 | R( The Weinstein Company )
Box office: $9,706,328
When the MPAA handed Derek Cianfrance's romantic drama "Blue Valentine" an NC-17 rating for an oral sex scene containing no nudity, the director immediately pointed out a double standard; earlier that year, "Black Swan," which contained an oral sex scene of equal duration, received an R rating.
"I don't have an answer for why that movie ["Black Swan"] would be OK and ours wouldn't," Cianfrance said at the time, calling the NC-17 rating "a form of censorship." "There's not an ounce of skin, and it's not gratuitous in any way. I'm confused and baffled."
Eventually, an MPAA appeals board overturned the rating, downgrading it to an R, and the film earned Michelle Williams, left, an Oscar nod.
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