As it turns out, being Harvey Weinstein does have its perks. The movie mogul testified in front of the Motion Picture Association of America today and got the NC-17 rating for his upcoming movie Blue Valentine turned into an R.
What does that mean? More money at the box office. AND extra publicity for the Ryan Gosling/Michelle Williams vehicle.
NC-17 ratings are usually the kiss of death for a movie. But as our own Kate Spencer pointed out last week, the sex scenes in Blue Valentine aren’t really explicit. They’re just depressingly true to life.
That fact has gotten made the MPAA look pretty bad for branding the film, along with the fact that Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis‘ lesbian sex scene in Black Swan is just as explicit. And Darren Aronoskfy‘s ballet film bounced into theaters last Friday with an R rating.
So, this is great for Gosling and Williams. The names of both actors are already being tossed around for acting awards, and having an R gives more hope that the film will actually make some money. But it’s probably bad news for moviegoers looking for lots of naked time between the two. As Kate mentions, if you’re looking for nekkid actors on the big screen, you’re probably better off watching Love And Other Drugs.