As 'Blue is the Warmest Color' gets an NC-17, 10 notable films to have received the rating
From 'Shame' to 'Showgirls,' why the MPAA's highest rating is no badge of dishonor
5. “Bad Education” (Pedro Almodóvar, 2004)
Pedro Almodóvar is hardly unaccustomed to run-ins with US censors; a number of his earlier, raunchier titles like “Matador” and “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” had fallen foul of their sensibilities. Still, by 2004 – by which time the polished-up director was a double Oscar-winning arthouse titan – it was a surprise to see him dipping back into NC-17 territory, for a rich, challenging noir that nonetheless didn’t court outrage. (If anything, “Talk to Her” covered more brittle moral territory; this year's supposed sex farce "I'm So Excited!," however, is oddly tame.) Perhaps board members were so lulled by his mainstream acceptance that the film’s thematic buffet of sexual abuse, Catholicism and transsexuality caught them off-guard.
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