Monday, February 28, 2011
King Potty Mouth
As we watched the preview I could tell it was something special. Then came the dreaded green screen with the R-rating. "Grrrr." said I. "What a rip!" (This happens to me all the time at the movies.) You see, my EC and I made a commitment some years back that we weren't going to see any more R-rated movies - no matter how skilled we had become at self-justification. It has been really hard. No, I'm not trying to be self-righteous. Just righteous. (For more encouragement/guilt on the subject, click here)
So, we didn't see The King's Speech. A really, really smart friend of mine said it was the best thing she had seen in 10 years. Fine. Twist the knife. I was still happy to see that it won a bunch of awards last night for two reasons: 1) It wasn't based on a comic book, and 2) Ben Stiller wasn't in it.
Nevertheless, we never saw it... but we are going to!
Turns out that the producers are releasing a PG-13 version to reach a wider audience (code for more $$$). Apparently there is a scene where the King utters the dreaded "F" word 15 times, thus earning a well-deserved R-rating. By cutting out some of that scene, they achieved the new rating. I am thrilled - but the director and actors who made the movie are mad enough to cuss. (Of course they are all British, and are required by law to use the F-word at least once per sentence.)
They claim that the edits compromise the artistic integrity of the film. What a crock! A year from now, when a hacked-up version is on my Delta flight to Atlanta, nobody will be screaming about artistic integrity. And when TNT wants to pay them a sack of money to show it on cable, suddenly those "F" words won't be so essential to the artistic integrity of the film. Those Hollywood-types are a little irritating - even those who are valiantly trying to overcome speech impediments.
Anyway, I'm glad that I get to see it, and still feel like I'm being obedient. Not often you get to have your cake and eat it too - with integrity (not the artistic kind).