Posted by: Joe Eds | December 10, 2009

Not Complicated

The last two weeks of December will be (as usual) a giant slug fest for theatrical films. Some will be huge, some will be lost in the shuffle and some will hold tight. Here’s a small list of what films will be either a) being released or b) had limited release and be expanding into more theaters: Avatar, Crazy Heart, Nine, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Alvin and the Chipmunk: The Squekuel, Sherlock Holmes, Up in the Air and It’s Complicated. The Lovely Bones gets a small release this weekend and goes wider in early January. Not to mention Invictus and The Princess and the Frog that will already be in theaters.

There was one I had my eye on as the potential sleeper hit: It’s Complicated from writer-director Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give) that stars Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. The advertising makes it out to be a rom-com for the baby-boomers (trailer here). A story of divorced woman who begins having an affair with her ex-husband who is now re-married.

I say “was” because I noticed a small blip of news that totally changes the game. The film is going to be rated R (!).  Now, that isn’t to say R-rated rom-coms all die a horrible death, but the reasons for the R rating are “Some drug content and Sexuality.” Not language? You mean this movie is rated-R because there’s a lot of sex between Meryl Streep and Baldwin? You think I’m taking my mother to see that? On Christmas Day? Are you kidding me?

Sex and The City: The Movie – massive R-rated hit aimed for women. It’s not impossible. But that had a very, very built-in audience.  Most raunchy rom-coms (I’m thinking Knocked Up and The Ugly Truth) are for the younger women, which this one clearly is not aimed for.  I could be over-reading this. This could be the quote-en-quote “adult film” of the season, but when I saw that rating I felt like this film just shot itself in the foot.

*UPDATE – I heard from an inside source that the sex scenes aren’t all that showy. The main reason for the R-rating is the drug content. My source said that because there are scenes with characters smoking pot and there are no dire consequences for those actions, the film is deemed for adults only. WOW.

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