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October 5, 2005

I was watching the news last night, and I pay particular attention to film news. What can I say, I'm a film festival whore. I follow as much as possible from Cannes and Fantasporto in Europe to Sundance and tiny independent festivals. Right now, it's the season for the Toronto International Film Festival, and the news last night was about a film by Canadian director, Atom Egoyan called "Where the Truth Lies."

If you think about it, the title of the film seems a little too ironic. The movie stars Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth, and is loosely based around Hollywood icons Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. What's controversial is that the film was smacked with an NC-17 rating in the United States. For those that are not aware, the NC-17 rating in the U.S. is considered the kiss of death for a movie. The film was slapped with it by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) supposedly for explicit sexuality in a ménage à trois. The problem with an MC-17 label for a film in the States is that many cinemas end up refusing to show it.

It would be much more laughable if not for recent 2257 regulations, the war on porn, and obviously the fight of the right to protect their youth from such vile and lewd things like sex. This in itself is hilarious considering that a coming of age right in the Bible belt seems to be learning the most important article in the U.S. constitution: the right to bear arms.

However, this is beside the point. I wonder - if the movie contained two females and a male would it have been so harshly judged? It seems contradictory to me that a teenager of 16 can see as much blood and guts as their little hearts desire, but that they can't watch sex, though we all know they do it, and we definitely know they will rent it as soon as it comes out on video!

Anyhow, having never been on the side of censorship, it just makes me laugh out loud. To me, the truth lies in the fact that review boards et al in the United States could use a good fuck up their anal ass.

Posted by sloth at October 5, 2005 1:22 AM

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