Harvey Weinstein Fights the Power, And the MPAA

Earlier this week, much noise was made about the MPAA’s decision to slap The Weinstein Company’s upcoming Oscar contender Blue Valentine, the breakout Sundance hit from director Derek Cianfrance, with an NC-17 rating. The film, which contains a minimal amount of nudity and heavy amounts of uncomfortable moments, follows a deteriorating relationship between a couple played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Soon after the rating was announced, the media (led by the blogosphere) leapt into action — this transgression would not go unnoticed. Today, Harvey Weinstein responded with his own statement.

“We want to express our deepest gratitude to our colleagues in the industry and in the media for their recent outpouring of support for Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine after the film surprisingly received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA,” said Weinstein in an official press release this morning. “We are taking every possible step to contest the MPAA’s decision. We respect the work of the MPAA and we hope, after having a chance to sit down with them, they will see that our appeal is reasonable, and the film, which is an honest and personal portrait of a relationship, would be significantly harmed by such a rating.”

That’s right. Lets take this fight to city hall. Or perhaps, to Bob Pisano’s office. Either way, it will be interesting to see how the MPAA itself reacts to the widespread finger-waging in its general direction. Everyone — especially those of us who have seen Blue Valentine — is looking at them cross-eyed, waiting for the decision to be overturned.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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