IFC is ignoring NC-17 rating for Blue Is the Warmest Color (video)

Calling the movie rating “unnecessarily restrictive,” the West Village theater, independent as always, is allowing teenagers to see the film

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Blue Is the Warmest Color, winner of a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, opened Friday at downtown Manhattan’s IFC Center. The French film traces the evolving romantic relationship of two young French women, Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and Emma (Léa Seydoux). As you may have heard, the director, Abdellatif Kechiche, does not shy away from the couple’s steamy sexual interactions. As a result of these sex scenes—we wouldn't be surprised if the fact that they’re girl-on-girl had something to do with it—the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) gave the movie an NC-17 rating, advising theaters not to allow individuals under age 18 to see the movie. (France, by comparison, gave the film a “12” rating, meaning that moviegoers ages 12 and up can see the flick.)

In a statement on its website, the IFC Center states that it finds the rating “unnecessarily restrictive,” and deems the movie “appropriate for mature, inquiring teenagers who are looking ahead to the emotional challenges and opportunities that adulthood holds.” As such, IFC plans to disregard the MPAA recommendation and allow high-schoolers to see the film. As TONY’s Joshua Rothkopf notes in his review of Blue, it is “primarily a film for and about young people.” With that in mind, IFC’s decision to allow underagers to see the movie seems pretty logical to us (especially when you consider how damn grown-up NYC teens are already). 

To top off the open-minded, all-are-welcome attitude, IFC is also offering free tickets to any “Idahoans” who present proof of travel at the box office, since the state has outright banned the movie. Check out a trailer below. We have a feeling that the movie-rating controvery boosted this weekend’s ticket sales, if anything.

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