The Motion Picture Association of America is coming under fire due to its recent rating of the LGBT film Love is Strange. The authority issued an R-rating for the film, which means that persons below the age of 17 may not view the film unaccompanied by an adult. Critics of the decision have claimed it is due to homophobia.
The film was released last week alongside the likes of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Shoremassacre. Both these films share the same R-rating; however critics point out the inherent violent, sexual imagery these films possess is in stark contrast to the romance of Love is Strange.
Alfred Molina and John Lithgow play a gay couple who for 40 years have lived together and finally decide to tie the knot. At this the school for whom Alfred works fires him and the two end up homeless and sleeping on friends’ couches. It carries a 15 age restriction in the UK, due to language, but is a mere PG in Canada.
Studios often edit films to get the lowest classification they can, because they know that films with higher classifications often miss out on younger demographics at the cinema. Classifying a film with an R-rating may result in that film getting a smaller audience than it deserves and in taking less money at the box office.
Here you can view the trailer to see for yourself:
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