Good news, kids. You can see Fifty Shades of Grey with your parents.
After considering the nudity, mature themes and overall sexy sexiness of the hotly anticipated film, the Motion Picture Association of America has slapped it with an “R” rating, rather than the NC-17 that may have eaten into its box office.
The “R” is for the usual: “strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.”
Moreover, you don’t have to be at least 18 to see it in a theater, as audience members would technically have to be had the film been rated NC-17 (or what used to be called “X”). But the “R” rating means that If you’re 17 or younger, you have to be with a parent or guardian. (P.S. Dear Parents and Guardians, probably skip this one and let your kid figure out how to see it him or herself.)
In the end, it sounds as though producers did care how much money their film made.
A year ago, screenwriter Kelly Marcel promised London’s Sunday Times that the feature adaptation of E.L. James’ mega-selling novel would be “raunchy.”
“We are 100 percent going there,” she said. “It will be rated NC-17.”
But while the trailers for the love-and-power story about a naive, nubile college girl who meets a fabulously handsome billionaire with a penchant for S&M have been titillating, we most recently heard that Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey—to the consternation of many—will not be going full-frontal in theaters.
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