Over the past couple of weeks, whispers have been making the rounds that The Weinstein Company was pondering the possibility of cutting their critically acclaimed and Academy Award-nominated film, The King’s Speech, so that the MPAA would drop the rating from R to PG-13.
This has had fans up in arms because the only reason the movie is R-rated (which is silly to begin with) is due to a string of f-bombs by star Colin Firth, used only as a tool for trying to cure his speech impediment…which also happens to be the basis for the entire film. The scene is far too important to the film to remove, so it was said that they might even resort to — get this — bleeping a couple out in order to get their rating and expand their movie to younger audiences.
As of yesterday, this wholly confusing situation became a reality when it was announced that the Weinsteins had indeed made their changes and “muted” out the necessary words, received their PG-13, and that that version would be hitting theaters soon. It’s said that the MPAA told the studio that if three of the five f-word usages were taken care of, they’d get their rating.
One of the reasons this course of action was chosen was for church groups and schools who want to show the movie, but it would be assumed that they would have to bleep out all language deemed inappropriate anyway. So the primary reasoning would have to bigger box office numbers, especially if the film wins one of the numerous categories it’s nominated in, including Best Picture.
The biggest thing here is the fact that the movie was ever R-rated to begin with. Most feel it’s absurd for a movie like this to get pinned with an R for a few more f-bombs than the 1-2 limit that’s normally enforced.
What do you think? Good for more people to be able to see this or is the integrity of The King’s Speech being damaged?