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October 05, 2004

NC-17 for Marionette Movie?

Posted by Ernest Miller

I'm not sure if this is simply a publicity stunt, but the Guardian is reporting that the MPAA is threatening the new marionette movie Team America: World Police with an NC-17 rating for scenes depicting simulated oral sex between the puppets (Puppet oral sex goes against grain for US censors).

The movie will ultimately be released with an R-rating (it is part of the contract), but this will work out just fine for the uncensored DVD I'm sure.

via Hit and Run

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1. Howard Eberly on October 6, 2004 03:21 PM writes...

"There's nothing we're asking for that hasn't appeared in other R-rated movies, and our characters are made of wood and have no genitalia."

Producer Scott Rudin is using a variant of the "Bullwinkle" defense. When the network censors told Hanna Barbara they couldn't show Bullwinkle in a pot about to be cooked by cannibals, because cannibalism violated network policy, the show's creators said it was not against the law to cook a moose.

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2. Matt Brubeck on October 6, 2004 07:26 PM writes...

The article doesn't mention Parker and Stone's early independent movie Orgazmo. This movie was released with an NC-17 rating after Parker and Stone repeatedly failed to find a cut that would earn an R. In an interview after some of their later (major studio) movies were released, Parker and Stone claimed that the ratings board provided much more assistance to big studios than to independents seeking R ratings.

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