Zack And Miri Make an NC-17 Rating
I’m sorry to say there’s some very bad news coming from the Jersey Shore today — Kevin Smith’s latest vehicle for smartly timed Dick n’ Fart jokes, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” has been slapped with the Motion Picture Association of America’s Ultimate Slap in the Face.
That’s right, an NC-17 rating.
This is a terrible fate for two reasons: because its audience is so limited, an NC-17 movie has absolutely no bankability, meaning that “Zack and Miri,” will undoubtedly flop worse that “Mallrats” if it gets released as-is. Or secondly, Smith and his cronies are going to edit this thing until it fits within the guidelines of an R-rated movie, and we won’t be privy to some of the more demented and sexual (I mean, c’mon, what else is going to be wrong with a movie with the word “porno” in the title?) that Smith wrote into the script.
Hopefully the editing process (which I’m sure they will do. No one wants to release an NC-17 movie, because of the potential money loss) won’t affect the final product. Smith has had to skirt around the MPAA’s demands before. He had the same exact problem with “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” and he was able to make very minimal cuts here and there to appease the board and get an R, albeit a very hard R. So hopefully, the problem is tiny, like someone picking a nun’s pubic hair out of his teeth, that can be cut and ultimately not missed.
The MPAA’s final word is “rated NC-17 for some graphic sexuality.” No shit, Sherlock.