Martin Scorcese's The Wolf of Wall Street has managed to avoid the dreaded NC-17 rating (and the disapproval of conservative cinemas up and down the country) by cutting out some sex and nudity scenes. The film, about the greedy and hedonistic Wall Street broker Jordan Belfort (), had been given a harder rating due to abundant, explicit sex and drug scenes.
But luckily for us the MPAA was on hand to decide what is morally right for grown adults to watch and clearly watching people swap bodily fluids is not what they want us to see this Christmas time.
It does makes sense for Paramount to do what's necessary to land an NC-17 rating. The Wolf of Wall Street cost $100 million to make and historically there's little chance of a studio making that money back if the movie lands a restrictive rating.
The irony of all this though is that if The Wolf of Wall Street had depicted Leo and his broker cronies shooting people in the face instead of kissing them then there wouldn't have been a problem. Remember folks, according to the censors sex is disgusting and unnatural but violent crime and gratuitous violence is not.
Do you agree with the studios decision to cut scenes from the movie to get a softer rating? Let's debate this and the wider issue of censorship in the comment section below.
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)