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Killer Joe's appeal has been denied and is still rated NC-17

Mar. 15, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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We recently posted an exclusive clip from what is assured to me to be a very f***ed up piece of filmmaking entitled KILLER JOE, and in that same article mentioned how the film was rated NC-17 for "graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality." 

President of LD Entertainment David Dinerstein and Tracy Letts (the playwright and screenwriter) recently gave statements to the Appeals Board, but their efforts were in vain as the strict rating has been upheld.  Though NC-17 doesn't have to be damning (SHAME seemed to do just fine, and indeed embraced its rating), word is that they will still appeal again.

A plot recap: When 22 year old drug dealer Chris has his stash stolen by his mother, he has to come up with six thousand dollars quick or he's dead. Desperate, he turns to a man named "Killer Joe" when he finds out that his mother's life insurance policy is worth $50,000. Although Joe usually demands cash up front, he finds himself willing to bend the rules in exchange for Chris' attractive younger sister, Dottie who will serve as sexual collateral until the money comes in... if it ever does.

And here's Juno Temple (Dottie, the unlucky-but-attractive younger sister):

Juno Temple

Extra Tidbit: Letts wrote KILLER JOE, his first play, all the way back in 1991. It premiered in Chicago in 1993.
Source: Deadline

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10:03AM on 03/16/2012
So I'm not sure. I saw this movie at a SxSW premiere. I can understand why it would be rated NC-17. Now, the scene which probably specifically made it NC-17 involves a chicken leg only; but nonetheless the depiction is very very graphic. Now, I think because the quality of the movie as a whole is not that great, the NC-17 rating may do it some good to get some controversy surrounding it and hype it up a bit. I think thats the only way it will have legs
So I'm not sure. I saw this movie at a SxSW premiere. I can understand why it would be rated NC-17. Now, the scene which probably specifically made it NC-17 involves a chicken leg only; but nonetheless the depiction is very very graphic. Now, I think because the quality of the movie as a whole is not that great, the NC-17 rating may do it some good to get some controversy surrounding it and hype it up a bit. I think thats the only way it will have legs
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11:29PM on 03/15/2012
I like Juno. She's a good actress.
I like Juno. She's a good actress.
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7:42PM on 03/15/2012

c'mon people

we know that it all comes down to "sexual content". I mean, what the fuck was NC-17 about Shame? Fassbender's dong? Oh, the horror. This will probably have a couple of "violent scenes" but it's the actors moaning too loudly that seals the deal
we know that it all comes down to "sexual content". I mean, what the fuck was NC-17 about Shame? Fassbender's dong? Oh, the horror. This will probably have a couple of "violent scenes" but it's the actors moaning too loudly that seals the deal
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5:33PM on 03/15/2012
Knowing the story, I can see why the 17 rating. This however is probably a very good film that will not be seen by many because like Captain Planet below me has already said, theaters won't show it and they are the problem.
Knowing the story, I can see why the 17 rating. This however is probably a very good film that will not be seen by many because like Captain Planet below me has already said, theaters won't show it and they are the problem.
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2:10PM on 03/15/2012
Idk ... to this day the most realistic and brutal scenes ive ever seen in a movie is what Casey Affleck does to Jessica Alba and the other chick in The Killer Inside Me and that was only garnished an R Rating.
Idk ... to this day the most realistic and brutal scenes ive ever seen in a movie is what Casey Affleck does to Jessica Alba and the other chick in The Killer Inside Me and that was only garnished an R Rating.
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10:26AM on 03/15/2012
Nothing wrong with an NC-17. It's these cocksucker theaters that refuse to screen NC-17 movies that are the problem.
Nothing wrong with an NC-17. It's these cocksucker theaters that refuse to screen NC-17 movies that are the problem.
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