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Sep 28 8 tweets 5 min read
Why do films get an #NC17 rating? Here’s a look at some of the movies that pushed the limits of the MPA ratings board.🧵

Please be aware that some of the film descriptions in the below thread mention sexual assault.
"Blue Valentine" (overturned, released with R rating)

#BlueValentine earned an NC-17 rating due to an oral sex scene, but The Weinstein Company pushed back against the decision. The film was eventually released with an R-rating.

Andrew Dominik’s Netflix drama #Blonde is rated NC-17 for "sexual content," referring to prolonged nude scenes and one depiction of sexual assault.
"Lust, Caution"

Ang Lee’s thriller is the highest-grossing NC-17 movie of all time at the box office. Although the film received the rating for its graphic sex scenes, co-screenwriter James Schamus said, "We knew we weren't going to change a frame."
"Boys Don’t Cry" (recut and released with R rating)

Kimberly Pierce’s #BoysDontCry was rated NC-17 due to two explicit rape scenes. Because Pierce wanted her movie seen by as many moviegoers as possible, she re-edited the scenes to secure an R rating.
"Blue Is the Warmest Color"

Abdellatif Kechiche’s film earned an NC-17 rating for its sex scenes, which later became the center of controversy after stars Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos expressed discomfort with Kechiche’s directing methods.

Paul Verhoeven’s film was rated NC-17 due to “nudity and erotic sexuality throughout, some graphic language and sexual violence.” Verhoeven was reportedly unsurprised by the ratings board's decision.
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