‘Philomena’ Will Be Rated PG-13
Perhaps you’ve heard, there was some hubbub over the R rating the MPAA initially gave Philomena over a mere two curse words in the movie. Judi Dench even recorded a Funny or Die video as M protesting the rating. However that controversy has screeched to a halt, as the MPAA has gone back on its initial rating, granting the film a PG-13.
Harvey Weinstein, whose studio is releasing the film, issued the following statement:
“We owe this victory to Barbara Broccoli, producer of the James Bond series, Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes who because of their relationship with Judi Dench gave permission to spoof the ratings system using the M character. We know that went a long way into shedding light on the themes of the movie and the fact that the PG-13 rating was correct. We are glad the MPAA has a good sense of humor and with the cooperation of Barbara and her team it was proven once again no one does it better than James Bond. And my sincerest congratulations to [co-writer and star] Steve Coogan, who went to the MPAA and defended the case personally.”
Based on a true story, Philomena is about a mother (played by Dench) who was forced to give the child she had out of wedlock away. Years later, she decides to search for the child she never knew with the help of an out-of-work journalist played by Coogan.
The MPAA’s decision is a big win for the Weinstein Company, which will surely be mounting a full-scale awards campaign for the film, and for Dench in particular.