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MPAA Cites, Uh, 'Unusual Behavior' For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Rating

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | January 8, 2015 | Comments ()

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | January 8, 2015 |


We’re not expecting great things from Focus Features’ Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation due out this Valentine’s Day. Sure, the book provided a sexual revolution that brought BDSM into the mainstream with buzz words like “mommy porn” and a line of novel-themed sex toys. But it’s one thing to feel secretive and saucy while reading an erotic novel on the subway. It’s a whole ‘nother to expect soccer moms to tap into that sort of curiosity in a theatre full of people. So director Sam Taylor-Johnson has to walk an unenviable line between satisfying swooning fans of the book, and keeping the whole affair from sauntering into the box office killer that is an NC-17 Rating.

None too surprising, Variety reports Fifty Shades of Grey has scored that nice and safe R-rating. But now comes the scoffing over their reasoning.

The film got its R for “the strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity.” (Emphasis ours.)

It’s obvious that the mysterious MPAA members blushed to put the acronym for bondage/discipline, dominant/submissive, sadomasochism into their description. (Think of the children and all that.) But for the sake of argument/shits and giggles, let’s say “some unusual behavior” has nothing to do with BDSM. In comments, holler out what “unusual behavior” you hope to see in Fifty Shades of Grey.

Fuck it. Let’s get weird.



Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter, and hear her sound off about movies and feminism on the Slashfilmcast.


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