MPAA Rates Pot Smoking Meryl Streep & Steve Martin Movie ‘R’

From the New York Times:

The romantic comedy “It’s Complicated” arrived at the multiplex on Friday complete with an R rating, ranking it in the same category as “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Basic Instinct” in the eyes of the Motion Picture Association of America.

But there is no violence in “It’s Complicated,” and the bedroom scenes are decidedly tame by contemporary standards. Instead, the R rating — which experts say could limit the box-office potential of the Universal Pictures film — comes largely from a sequence in which Steve Martin and Meryl Streep smoke marijuana.

Giggles ensue.

The rating has kicked up dust in Hollywood, with movie bloggers starting blistering attacks on the M.P.A.A. for being out of touch. The marijuana lobby is equally miffed. “This is an absurd ruling rooted in old cultural thinking,” said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Universal and Mr. Martin unsuccessfully appealed, seeking a PG-13 rating.

Conservative groups, meanwhile, find themselves in the rare position of cheering the ratings system instead of condemning it. Dan Isett, director of public policy for the Parents Television Council, which also monitors movies, said “It’s Complicated” was a “rare instance” of the board getting a rating correct…

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  • James T.

    Fucking ridiculous… conservative groups need to stick to christian movies, they're the only safe place for your fragile self-concept.

    I met Meryl Streep in a dream a couple nights ago, she's not bad ;)

  • sh3rb3rts

    Wasn't there a pot smoking scene in the Dolly Parton movie “9 to 5″?

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    I don't suppose drinking would earn a movie an R rating? No, it wouldn't, would it? Funny, that.

  • http://beatlesnumber9.com/ oxnard

    How sad this is. The MPAA definately doesn't represent the majority.

  • jason

    You know how i know the rating is BS? social conservatives like it

  • Brian

    So what. The demographic for this movie isn't exactly 13-17 year olds anyway. Yeah, I agree it was a stupid decision (I smoked marijuana less than 30 minutes ago,) but the thought that an R rating would in any way impact the box office sales is misleading at best.

  • Anonymous

    To see just how ridiculous (not to mention prejudiced) the MPAA really is, you must rent the documentary “This Film Is Not Yet Rated”.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0493459/

    It’s PRICELESS.

    They go undercover, tail the members of this secretive organization (the public knows more about the frickin’ Bilderbergers than the MPAA), dig through their garbage to find paperwork with them counting curses, kisses, and other irrelevancies, compare how they rate indie movies vs. studio movies, gay vs. straight, sex vs. violence, etc., and then submit their own movie to the ratings board, while filming it with a hidden camera.

    It’s a thing of beauty. And the interviews with some really great directors recounting what the MPAA has said to them? HILARIOUS and horrifying at the same time.

  • 5by5

    To see just how ridiculous (not to mention prejudiced) the MPAA really is, you must rent the documentary “This Film Is Not Yet Rated”.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0493459/

    It's PRICELESS.

    They go undercover, tail the members of this secretive organization (the public knows more about the frickin' Bilderbergers than the MPAA), dig through their garbage to find paperwork with them counting curses, kisses, and other irrelevancies, compare how they rate indie movies vs. studio movies, gay vs. straight, sex vs. violence, etc., and then submit their own movie to the ratings board, while filming it with a hidden camera.

    It's a thing of beauty. And the interviews with some really great directors recounting what the MPAA has said to them? HILARIOUS and horrifying at the same time.

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