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Kevin Smith’s R-rated ‘Porno’
Is Smith's upcoming movie too risqué for mainstream audiences?
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irector Kevin Smith has won a "huge victory" over censorship, said Peter Sciretta in the blog Slash Film. Smith appealed the NC-17 rating of his upcoming film Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and got the Motion Picture Association of America to change the rating to R. The NC-17 rating seemed silly in the first place: “Any adult would understand the risk of bringing a minor to a movie with the word ‘porno’ in the title.”

This is hardly a victory, said Brad Brevet in the blog Rope of Silicon. “Smith was under contract to deliver an R-rating and he had cut the film a couple times already trying to get the NC-17 removed.” In other words, “a governing body had to tell him how his project had to be before it could be shown to audiences.”

“Call me a prude,” said Joanne Hinkel in the blog Film.com, “but I do think most of Kevin Smith’s movies have been too raunchy for the mainstream,” and an NC-17 rating seems appropriate for his latest. That “sex-with-a-donkey scene” in Clerks 2 “still haunts me to this day.”

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