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'Young Adam' | 2004
Box office: $767,373
David Mackenzie's bleak drama set in Scotland in the 1950s received an NC-17 rating for sexuality, nudity and language. Ewan McGregor (pictured, with Tilda Swinton) played Joe, an amoral drifter working on a canal barge owned by a married couple, Les and Ella (Peter Mullan and Swinton). After Joe and Les find the half-naked body of a young woman floating in the canal, Joe seduces Ella, and it becomes clear he may be involved in the woman's death.
The scene in which Swinton and McGregor's characters make love for the first time on a riverbank earned it the NC-17 rating. However, the actors were fully clothed, unlike other sex scenes that played out in the film. The point of contention was the duration of that scene, which includes McGregor's character engaging in oral sex with Swinton's character. The film has other sexually explicit scenes, including a sensual food fight between McGregor and costar Emily Mortimer, but the amount of time the oral sex scene lasted is what sent ratings board members over the edge.