Kevin Smith won his appeal today to lower the rating for his comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" from NC-17 to an R. Yahoo says…
"We didn't set out to make an NC-17 film. That's just commercial suicide," Smith told The Associated Press.The NC-17 rating would have prohibited anyone younger than 17 from seeing it. With an R rating, those under 17 can see it in the company of an adult."Zack and Miri," due out Oct. 31 from the Weinstein Co., stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks as best friends and roommates who try to make a homemade porn flick to dig themselves out of debt.Smith said the MPAA ratings board objected to two sex scenes involving co-stars Jason Mewes and Katie Morgan. After the movie's initial NC-17 rating, Smith said he trimmed those scenes as far as he was willing to go but was unable to convince the board to lower the rating."They felt it was rather sexually graphic. My point is, it was comically graphic. All the sex in the movie with the exception of one scene is very cartoonish, very campy," Smith said. "It wasn't designed to titillate."
The MPAA is such a fucking sham. If those people had any conscience, they’d kill themselves, they somehow come back from the dead and kill themselves again. They hold filmmakers hostage until they abide by rules that don’t exist. The MPAA has no set rules, they just tell you later if you broke them. "Hostel 2" has a scene where a naked teenage girl is suspended upside down over a huge bath, then a naked woman lays underneath her and slits her throat with a sickle, then bathes in her blood. That was rated R. But Jason Mewes humps a girl and that gets an X. Ok actually I hadn’t pictured that until just now. I think that actually might be worse.