Weinstein Hires Top Lawyers to Fight MPAA Ratings

Legal team featuring Bert Fields and David Boies will challenge R-rating for “The King’s Speech” and NC-17 mark for “Blue Valentine”

Last Updated: November 18, 2010 @ 12:24 PM

The Weinstein Company has hired some big legal guns as it seeks to reverse the MPAA's rendering of an NC-17 rating for Ryan Gosling drama "Blue Valentine" and R rating Colin Firth movie "The King's Speech."

David Boies and Bert Fields will oversee a legal team, which challenging the Motion Picture Association of America's decision to give the films harsh ratings for scenes involving sex and foul language.

"While we respect the MPAA, I think we can all agree that we are living with an outdated ratings system that  gives torture porn, horror and ultraviolent films the same rating as films with so-called inappropriate language, studio co-chair Harvey Weinsteins said in a statement.

Weinstein announced Thursday that it has accepted "Blue Valentine's" NC-17 mark so that it could begin the appeals process. It also officially protested the R rating on "King's Speech" so that it could get a hearing.

The Weinstein statement included comments from "Blue Valentine" star Gosling, who expresses his dismay that the film's sex scenes garnered such a harsh MPAA rebuke.

"You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which trieds to control how women are depicted on screen," Gosling said.


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