Weinstein Co. Wins MPAA Appeal for Philomena

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Some good news has come in for the award season contender Philomena.  The Judi Dench film which had originally been rated R by the MPAA for the use of “strong language” (they had the audacity to say the F-word twice).  But now thanks to a successful appeal by their distributor The Weinstein Company, Philomena has now been rated PG-13.

The Weinstein Company even went so far as to have Dench play her M character from the James Bond films for a video in which she also appeals to have the MPAA change their minds.  So they brought M back from the dead just so she could say the MPAA sucks?  Yeah I actually have no problem with that

I find the timing of this decision to be pretty hilarious considering that just a few days ago a study had shown that PG-13 films have become more violent than R-rated movies.  Philomena seems to be a prime example of just how ridiculous the MPAA can be with their own rating system.

This decision obviously bodes well for Philomena’s box office potential.  It likely would’ve had a hard time finding much of an audience outside of people like me who would see it because of the potential Oscar appeal.  However, now that it’s PG-13, the Weinsteins can now sell as a more family friendly picture.  Considering the subject manner of a woman trying to find the son she gave up for adoption fifty years it would’ve been a little hard to sell it as anything else.

This will also likely make whatever awards push they make for the movie easier as Dench has already been receiving a considerable amount of buzz for a Best Actress nomination (say what you will about the Weinstein but they know how to push a prestige picture).

Should the MPAA make some changes in their policy?  Do you agree with their decision with Philomena?  Let us know in the comment section below

Source: First Showing

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Derek Johns
is a native Texan who has had a love and fascination with movies as long as he can remember. He attended Sam Houston State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Broadcast Journalism. His love of film only grew during his college days, with seldom an hour going by without him making some kind of movie reference. He has since gone on a seemingly never-ending quest to see as many movies (old and new) that he possibly can, a task made possible by his Netflix subscription. Besides movies he enjoys television, reading, writing, video editing, listening to music, and watching Doctor Who.
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