[UPDATE 3/27: Grindhouse has received an R-rating from the MPAA. The original post from last week follows.]
I was watching TNT’s NBA Tuesday earlier this evening (they must be conceding Thursday night this week to the NCAA) when I saw an ad for Grindhouse, the seedy horror double-feature from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez slated for an April 6 release. That’s a mere two weeks from Friday, yet the commercial sported a “this film is not yet rated” message.
My curiosity aroused, I did a bit of internet research and found this from Page Six last week:
March 15, 2007 — THE people who dole out ratings at the Motion Picture Assn. of America just might flip out when they see “Grindhouse,” Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez‘s tribute to the ultraviolent, nudity-drenched pictures that once screened ’round the clock in the grungy movie palaces of 42nd Street.
The Weinstein Company, which is releasing the picture April 6 through its Dimension Films arm, needs an R rating for the flick to get into mainstream theaters. But, “some of it is so graphic and outrageous for a major Hollywood studio, there’s no question it’s headed for an NC-17 without big cuts,” says a Page Six operative, who got a sneak peek at the most over-the-top footage.
The article goes on to describe some of the things that may lead to the NC-17 rating. Of course the studio is most likely to make big cuts to get an R because that’s necessary economically, even if the directors will be unhappy. Now this sounds like a good case for an unrated DVD version.