MPAA Gives ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ an ‘R’ Rating Instead of ‘NC-17’

By Florida Mae Acampado | 2 years ago
MPAA Gives ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ an ‘R’ Rating Instead of ‘NC-17’

As its movie premiere draws near, “Fifty Shades of Grey” has been enticing quite an audience since the book it was adapted from was released. And now, MPAA has deemed to give the movie an R film rating, thus, in a way, giving it a bigger fanbase.

Movie producers of “Fifty Shades of Grey” were reportedly relieved when the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) released a statement on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014 stating that instead of the expected NC-17, or simply “strictly for adults only,” the movie was rated R, or simply putting it as “requiring adult supervision for viewers aged below 17 years.”


According to E! News, MPAA rated the movie based on its “nudity, mature themes and overall sexy sexiness.” In response to it, they gave it an R for having “strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.”

This R film rating could spell both good and bad news for the movie’s viewers next month. The good news is, technically, anyone can now watch the movie, as long as minors bring along their parents or an adult guardian. The bad news is, avid readers of the book may not see much of the “exciting” things they were expecting as they were mentioned in the novel.

If so, then this somehow confirms what Jamie Dornan, who plays male protagonist Christian Grey, mentioned in an interview with Guardian last November 2014.

“You want to appeal to as wide an audience as possible without grossing them out. You don’t want to make something gratuitous, and ugly, and graphic… there might be some suggestive elements to [sex], but I haven’t seen it at this stage, so it is hard for me to say. I’m aware of what we shot, and it wasn’t as if we shot a film without any action,” Dornan told the Guardian.

The movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” is set to premiere on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

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