Friday, September 28, 2007


While I'm skeptical of the quality of Ang Lee's new film "Lust, Caution," Manohla Dargis' review makes fun of its NC-17 rating with a nice shot to the ribs of the MPAA.

"The Motion Picture Association of America, that tireless, cheerless band of Comstocks who regulate all things sexual and few things violent on behalf of the major studios, has saddled the film with an NC-17 rating — no one 17 and under admitted, even with an adult — because of “some explicit sexuality.” The horrors of female nudity (unshaven armpits!) and the vigorous pantomime of coitus apparently offended the sensibilities of the M.P.A.A., which routinely bestows R ratings to movies in which characters are tortured to death for kicks.."

Yep, that pretty much says it.