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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

wtf: ‘Eat Pray Love’ downgraded from R to PG-13 based on nothing at all

Just in case you thought it wasn’t just caprice underlying the ratings work the MPAA does, it recently awarded a restrictive R rating — because of “brief strong language” — to the upcoming Julia Roberts travel romance Eat Pray Love… and then just as easily changed it to PG-13 when the director, Glee’s Ryan Murphy, asked nicely. He didn’t need to cut anything or reedit anything or change one single moment of the film. All he had to do was ask, according to Variety.

I’m not sure why the studio, Columbia, felt that it needed to challenge the original rating: Does anyone imagine that teenagers are eager to see this movie, and will be flocking to it now that they’ll be able to see it without sneaking in? On the other hand, perhaps some teenaged girls (and a few boys) will indeed be enticed, now that we’re promised “male rear nudity” in the new rating (here’s hoping its Javier Bardem’s male rear), which also warns of “brief strong language [and] some sexual references.” Woo-hoo!



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