Meanwhile, Weinsteins continue to protest R rating for 'Bully'
It may be Cannes that generates all the media-friendly controversy, but as it turns out, it was the Venice Film Festival that was quietly hatching the eventual NC-17 films. First came "Shame," which received the MPAA's most severe rating for its plentiful sexual activity and generous exposure of Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan's privates. Now, a less celebrated Venice title, William Friedkin's adaptation of the Tracy Letts play "Killer Joe," has been similarly branded ahead of its summer release Stateside.
LD Entertainment, the Friedkin film's new-on-the-block distributor, plans to appeal the MPAA's decision, which was made on the grounds of "graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality." They believe "Killer Joe" is closer to R-rated material; I agree with them.
The film, a nastily funny if stylistically clumsy black comedy starring Matthew McConaughey as a grossly corrupt cop hired by Emile Hirsch's scuzzy Southern hick to kill off a family member, is casually violent, kinkily erotic and features Gina Gershon doing inappropriate things with fried chicken. You probably wouldn't take your mom to see it.