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Rating Woes for Grind House

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March 15, 2007 – THE people who dole out ratings at the Motion Picture Assn. of America just might flip out when they see “Grindhouse,” Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s tribute to the ultraviolent, nudity-drenched pictures that once screened 'round the clock in the grungy movie palaces of 42nd Street.

The Weinstein Company, which is releasing the picture April 6 through its Dimension Films arm, needs an R rating for the flick to get into mainstream theaters. But, “some of it is so graphic and outrageous for a major Hollywood studio, there’s no question it’s headed for an NC-17 without big cuts,” says a Page Six operative, who got a sneak peek at the most over-the-top footage.

“Grindhouse” is actually two short movies - one directed by Tarantino, the other by Rodriguez - with an intermission between them. During the break, a series of fake trailers will be shown for such fictitious titles as “Werewolf Women of the SS,” directed by Rob Zombie.

“In one scene, a cute, topless girl is roughly tied down on a table by evil female Nazi experimenters who begin draining her blood and, as she screams in agony, they brand her like livestock with a coal-hot steel swastika,” our source said. "And every girl in the Nazi concentration camp is topless."

Another trailer, directed by Eli Roth, of “Hostel” fame, is called “Thanksgiving,” in which a town’s celebration of Turkey Day is interrupted by a mad slasher.

"There’s a part where Jordan Ladd [daughter of Cheryl Ladd of ‘Charlie’s Angels’] is in a car with her boyfriend and giving him [oral sex] when she lovingly reaches to stroke his hair and discovers his neck is just a bloody stump - some maniac had just cut off his head while she was in the act."

Later, a frisky cheerleader climbs onto a trampoline and begins stripping naked as she jumps up and down until she does a split and her skirt blows up without panties underneath. "You get the full ‘Britney Spears-getting-out-of-the-limo view,’ " our source says. Another jolting scene shows a grossly obese man chewing on a baby.

How much of these moviegoers will end up seeing is anybody’s guess. “Some cuts definitely will have to be made. There’s no question,” conceded one studio insider. A Dimension rep declined comment.

I really wish that these films would just go out unrated. Im so sick of the MPAA getting the last word on movies like these. These are adult films, everyone knows that. Its really not Grindhouse if its not given NC-17!! We want PURE UNADULTERATED GRINDHOUSE!!

I’ll be watching it on the big screen even if they do cut it and i’ll buy the dvd when it comes out and watch it uncut.

It’s funny - I got this via the Drudge Report so you know it will be spun by the Fox-type media as further evidence of our culture’s descent into depravity. Even though this is a tribute to films of 30 years ago.

Which is just fine. This story didn’t get there by itself.

They are definitely trying to capitalize on the potential controversy.

I didnt say I wasnt going to not see it if its cut, but Id rather see a real Grindhouse presentation.

I didnt say I wasnt going to not see it if its cut, but Id rather see a real Grindhouse presentation.

you WILL be seing a “grindhouse presentation”, these type of movies were cut all the time…sometimes a certain movie played with different versions all over the country! the same LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT you saw in boston wasn’t the same one you saw in california…there were so many different cuts of that movie it took forever to find an “uncut” print of it…

I know, but I want to see the full version the way QT and RR created it at least once on the big screen. All the crazy cutting and film pops n buzzers stuff is part of the movie they designed.

Yeah, I agree with you Pete.

I’ll see it regardless, but the more they leave in the merrier.

Face it guys we are and will always be the MPAA’s bitches…

The MPAA should lie down and die, painfully.

RR and QT should just say fuck them and get the NC-17

Why couldn’t they release an R rated version and a NC-17 version at the theaters just split the show times in half.

I don’t care too much if we get the uncut version on DVD.

Of course Grindhouse will get an ‘R’ rating…

…but I can’t WAIT for the DVD!!!

The MPAA has been much more lenient over the last couple years with how much violence that they’re letting filmmakers get away with in R rated films.

To be honest, I don’t really feel that any scenes mentioned in that article are “shocking” to me.

I’ve watched some pretty hard core stuff in terms of sick imagery so not that much bothers me anymore.

I really honestly think that Rodriguez/Taratino would know that the type of people who are wanting to see this movie are going to want to see the complete version as intended, not some watered down version to appease the MPAA, so I’m sure that certain scenes were filmed in a manner that would please gore hounds/exploitation fans but not make the MPAA have a hernia.

If they do end up having to cut out a ton of footage, I’ll just wait for the inevitable uncut DVD.

lol scanners

I don’t care too much if we get the uncut version on DVD.
Cant wait for dvd to hit stores

I wouldn’t be surprise if their strategy was to take the gore beyond what they felt they needed just so that they could make trims to appease the MPAA.

actually that’s pretty smart hanzo, they could bypass the goryness to cut it so the MPAA doesn’t think it’s as bad.