You thought I had exhausted all possible topics that included Ryan Gosling, well you’re wrong. Opening at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Blue Valentine has received monuments of praise, with Ryan Gosling being hailed as a superb actor. Rather surprisingly, last week the MPAA stamped on an NC-17 rating for his upcoming film. This means that most people aren’t gonna get to see it in mainstream theaters, which is a shame, because if the movie is anything like the critics suggest, it’ll definitely be worth watching. Of course at this point you’re probably wondering WHY the movie is being rated NC-17; The Weinstein Company’s official statement is as follows:
“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. 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.
The rating was given for a scene in which the characters played by Gosling and Williams try to save their crumbling marriage by spending a night away in a hotel. They get drunk and their problems intensify when he wants to have sex and she doesn’t, but will to get him off her back. That hurts his pride and the result is an upsetting scene that makes you squirm, but is an honest one that establishes clearly that this couple has nothing left and isn’t going to make it because love has turned into contempt.”
So yeah, take that as you will. I don’t know about you, but this only makes me want to see Blue Valentine all the more.