Killer Joe - MPAA upheld initial NC-17 rating
Two weeks ago, we reported that the movie Killer Joe with Matthew McConaughey under the direction of William Friedkin (The Exorcist) was rated NC-17 (for graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality) by the MPAA. Distributor LD Entertainment announced that they would appeal against the rating and present arguments to convince the board to lower their classification to "R".
As Deadline learned, this hearing was not successful, the MPAA stayed by its initial decision. Currently, it seems that appeals before the MPAA evolved into a 50/50 issue. While e.g. the documentary The Bully Project had no chance, the board was cooperative with the Emma Watson-led The Perks of Being a Wallflower and gave it the PG-13 rating afterwards.
It's not known at this point whether LD Entertainment considers to censor Killer Joe for the "R" rating or if they go along with NC-17. The latter option implies that only a small percentage of viewers can see it in cinemas and we should not forget that the mainstream US-audience has considerable reservations regarding such a strong classification.
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