Thursday, May 23, 2024

Blue Valentine Not So Blue After All


“Blue Valentine” turns out not to be so blue after all.

In a unanimous decision, the MPAA ratings committee decided to revoke their NC-17 designation for Derek Cianfrance‘s Oscar buzzed drama. They gave the movie a more palatable R.

Harvey Weinstein spoke and made a compelling argument, I’m told. Part of the new decision may have been based on another current film, “Black Swan,” having similar sexual situations and only getting an R in the first place.

It’s hoped that all the controversy will have raised the profile of  “Blue Valentine” among Oscar voters. There’s certainly no dispute that Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams deserve nominations. Watch that bridge scene, voters! It’s key to how good the film is…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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