When Kevin Smith’s new Seth Rogan comedy hit the MPAA, I feel like it probably made the old ladies they use to rate movies spit out their cat food sandwiches all over their clipboards. I can only imagine the amount of cursing and obscenity that little bearded man crammed in there. Of course they came back at him with an NC-17 rating, relegating what’s probably a really funny movie to litigation hell. At that point, many people were hoping Smith would stand up to the fuddy duddies that prevent us from seeing funny movies and make it work. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen.
In an appeal hearing held on Monday, the MPAA granted an edited version of the flick a much more profitable R rating. What does that mean for us? Well, first of all it means that we’re going to see a toned down version in the theater, which is already kind of a bummer. It also means we’re going to have to shell out more money, thus subjecting ourselves to the infamous "double dip" studios are currently using to take all of the money we would otherwise be spending on gas or Swedish massages.
Unfortunately, it also means that it’s going to be a while before anyone actualy stands up to the MPAA and says, "Fuck you, I can make money even with an NC-17." Kevin Smith would’ve been the perfect person to do that. His comedies have a built-in audience, almost all of whom are over the age of 17. He has mass appeal and is about as threatening looking as a de-clawed kitty cat wearing a scarf and riding a pillow. But I guess we’ll just have to settle for a funny movie and not a revolution in the movie ratings system.