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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

We’re the Millers greenband and redband trailers: a lesson in the MPAA’s twisted priorities

Let’s have another educational lesson in what the MPAA considers appropriate for all audiences and what it considers suitable for adults only.

Above we have the greenband trailer for We’re the Millers, featuring Jennifer Aniston stripping off her clothes and waving her lingerie-clad ass in the camera in a sexualized way, discussion about the smuggling of illegal drugs, two instances of male crotch injury, a drawing of a skateboard-penis, and wife-swapping. All, the MPAA assures us, perfectly fine for children to see.

Now here’s the redband trailer. Before you watch it, can you guess what extra bits to be found here will be deemed too naughty for tender eyes and ears? I’m going to guess a couple of utterances of the word fuck, and nothing else.

*watches trailer*

Ooo, I was wrong! There’s one “fuck” and one “fucking,” but also one “eat a dick” and one “we’ve all seen a dick,” because children shouldn’t know that everyone knows what a penis looks like. One suggestion of masturbation at the sight of Aniston stripping. But this is the best: one instance of a partially naked male ass that is no more than we see of Aniston’s ass in the greenband trailer. Which proves once more that the MPAA is far more protective of a man’s dignity than a woman’s.

Perhaps the MPAA could go eat a dick?


US/Canada release date: Aug 7 2013 | UK release date: Aug 23 2013
official site | IMDb
  • bronxbee

    let’s just say that the entire movie will not be good for the health of the human race.

  • This movie looks abysmal. Why is Aniston doing this to herself? *shakes head*

  • singlestick

    I’m not sure which is worse: what the MPAA considers appropriate for all audiences, or what the producers of this film thinks would make a good comedy. It’s not just the crassness of it all, but the sad, predictable trotting out of lame and repulsive stereotypes.

    I’m not a huge Aniston fan by any means, but she proved to be a fairly adept comic actor on “Friends.” So, why is she playing a stripper? Is this the only role available for adult women in film?

    And I have no problem with sexy farces, or nudity, etc. But the stupid and demeaning crap behind this line from the film: “My wife? She’s just a cheap stripper!” Sorry, no sale.

  • a thinker

    Looks like the x-rated ” Here comes the Grizwold’s”. Not even an original title!

  • RogerBW

    It is an indication of current expectations that I’m relieved not to see any fart jokes.

  • PJK

    Probably because she’s getting paid a pretty sum for this and the other scripts she could choose from were even worse?

  • Guest

    This is not the full red band trailer – this is the sanitized YouTube version. The full red band shows not just the man’s butt, but also his swollen genitals up close. No vaginas shown in the trailer, just like no vaginas shown in the film even though it contains a strip club scene. The funny thing is a woman in the movie says her vagina is swollen so she can’t use a tampon. How perfect it would have been to show a swollen vagina too, but then I remembered this is a mainstream Hollywood film and Hollywood protects a woman’s dignity more than a man’s.

    PC liberal Hollywood can go eat a pussy but I’m sure they are scared to death of it.

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