Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Too Many F-Words in The King's Speech?

The King's Speech is on DVD and Blu-ray at Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque, but this Best Picture of the Year is not without controversy (pronounced con-TRO-versy in Britain); its R rating "for some language" apparently puts it on par with Saw: The Final Chapter, which is rated R for "sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and language."

The head of the Motion Picture Association of America's rating board, Joan Graves, explains it this way: "It's just a lot easier to quantify language than it is violence .... Our perception is that parents still feel the same way about bad language, especially in areas like the Midwest and the South, where they often have a problem with God, as in goddamnit. On the coasts, perhaps because they have more urban centers, they’re more concerned with violence."

Earlier this month, in what's been called a "marketing ploy" to "lure in younger moviegoers," a re-edited PG-13 version of The King's Speech with "less obscenity" replaced the R-rated version in 1,007 movie theaters. In Great Britain, where the story takes place, the uncut version is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Carnegie-Stout Public Library's uncut copies of The King's Speech on DVD and Blu-ray are rated R.

~Mike, Adult Services

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