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More MPAA rating drama as David Schwimmer loses appeal for Trust

Dec. 23, 2010by:

Well I guess you have to be Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Smith to appeal ratings against the MPAA and win. David Schwimmer (yes, that one) had no such luck trying to get his R knocked down to a PG-13 for TRUST, the story of an internet predator who lures a young girl into his trap, and how her family subsequently reacts. Hint: it involves guns.

Schwimmer maintains that the film is supposed to be a cautionary tale, and a lesson for young girls to not meet up with weirdos they find online, but how are they supposed to learn if they're not even allowed in the theater? I suppose their overly protective parents could take them, but how many teenage girls would be caught dead in a theater with their parents these days?

The "R" is for "disturbing material involving the rape of a teen, language, sexual content and some violence." I mean, it is kind of hard to put teenage rape in your movie, and not expect an R from the MPAA, and I'm not sure how exactly you'd cut that out, as it's kind of a central plot point.

The movie stars Catherine Keener, Viola Davis and Clive Owen, who is not the predator, but the father. Oh man, that pedophile is DEAD!

Extra Tidbit: For more internet predator revenge fun, I highly recommend you watch Hard Candy with Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson. Just not with the family at Christmas.
Source: Deadline

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11:28AM on 12/23/2010

Ah! you beat me to the punch.

I was going to post that this sounds like Hard Candy mixed with The Last House on the Left.
I was going to post that this sounds like Hard Candy mixed with The Last House on the Left.
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11:38AM on 12/23/2010
I am glad that it is rated r. Based off the storyline, it'll be better because now the movie won't be constricted.

Tidbit. Yes. I chuckled at the "not at christmas" part.
I am glad that it is rated r. Based off the storyline, it'll be better because now the movie won't be constricted.

Tidbit. Yes. I chuckled at the "not at christmas" part.
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11:48AM on 12/23/2010
This, if any movie, does NOT sound like it needs to be PG-13. if anything, it sounds like PG-13 may hurt the movie.

Scwimmer, if you want to make a "cautionary tale" that suitable for girls, then make a lifetime movie.
This, if any movie, does NOT sound like it needs to be PG-13. if anything, it sounds like PG-13 may hurt the movie.

Scwimmer, if you want to make a "cautionary tale" that suitable for girls, then make a lifetime movie.
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12:15PM on 12/23/2010

trust me...

unless this movie is ultra violent the kids wont want to watch it, well not in the cinema any way. It doesn't sound like 'death sentence' to me so don't expect much buzz with the kids. besides, they'll see it any way, they'll probablt download it and your message will get through dude.
unless this movie is ultra violent the kids wont want to watch it, well not in the cinema any way. It doesn't sound like 'death sentence' to me so don't expect much buzz with the kids. besides, they'll see it any way, they'll probablt download it and your message will get through dude.
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1:06PM on 12/23/2010
It is my firm belief that every 14-year-old should watch requiem for a dream, regardless of how "R" it is. Maybe this one too if it turns out well.
It is my firm belief that every 14-year-old should watch requiem for a dream, regardless of how "R" it is. Maybe this one too if it turns out well.
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12:02PM on 12/24/2010
maybe a version where they edit out the jennifer connelly prostitute scn
maybe a version where they edit out the jennifer connelly prostitute scn
1:16PM on 12/23/2010
Er, yeah. I don't know how graphic the rape scene is, but any remotely realistic and/or graphic rape, particularly that of a minor, is gonna get the R-rating. They could just elude to it in a before-and-after way, which is just about the only way to put rape in a PG-13 movie. Oh, well, I don't know that I can fault the MPAA for this one, that is one issue that is hard to put in a family film.
Er, yeah. I don't know how graphic the rape scene is, but any remotely realistic and/or graphic rape, particularly that of a minor, is gonna get the R-rating. They could just elude to it in a before-and-after way, which is just about the only way to put rape in a PG-13 movie. Oh, well, I don't know that I can fault the MPAA for this one, that is one issue that is hard to put in a family film.
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1:59PM on 12/23/2010
Wow! A Jew actually got turned down by a bunch of other Jews. That's rare.
Wow! A Jew actually got turned down by a bunch of other Jews. That's rare.
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2:21PM on 12/23/2010
Although I agree with the MPAA's stance on this, it's good to see more directors standing up to them to try and get the rating they believe their film deserves. Maybe soon we'll actually start seeing some changes in this flawed system.
Although I agree with the MPAA's stance on this, it's good to see more directors standing up to them to try and get the rating they believe their film deserves. Maybe soon we'll actually start seeing some changes in this flawed system.
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8:44PM on 12/23/2010

MPAA SUCKS!

The MPAA is a NAZI style organization whose time has come and gone. We can live without it.
The MPAA is a NAZI style organization whose time has come and gone. We can live without it.
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6:18AM on 12/24/2010
There's something about seeing David Schwimmer's name followed by the words "disturbing material involving the rape of a teen" that is weirdly unsettling.
There's something about seeing David Schwimmer's name followed by the words "disturbing material involving the rape of a teen" that is weirdly unsettling.
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12:04PM on 12/24/2010
and weirdly believable
and weirdly believable
2:31AM on 12/25/2010

The damn MPAA needs to become defunct already.

This is pathetic in so many ways. Especially because we see "To Catch a Predator" on TV. So What the hell?
This is pathetic in so many ways. Especially because we see "To Catch a Predator" on TV. So What the hell?
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5:16AM on 12/27/2010
As ShredDude said, this sounds like Hard Candy mixed with Last House on the Left. How in the HELL did Schwimmer expect this to get a PG-13?
As ShredDude said, this sounds like Hard Candy mixed with Last House on the Left. How in the HELL did Schwimmer expect this to get a PG-13?
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