Michelle Williams is proud " Blue Valentine " is the "first" movie to show oral sex performed on a woman -- except that it isn't. Good on us for making that happen,'" she told Reuters in a recent interview. But even though Derek Cianfrance 's tragic romance was initially slapped with a NC rating -- which was later reversed -- for the graphic scene and is being touted as the raciest movie since "Basic Instict," it pales in comparison to a number of indie movies released in the past decade. Michael Winterbottom 's love story, "9 Songs," for example, included unsimulated oral and straight sex between the two lead actors and even a scene of ejaculation. In an attempt to mirror the response to "9 Songs," Williams, who is rumored to be dating her "Blue Valentine" co-star Ryan Gosling , joked that their "hot sex" scenes in the film were not staged. A lot.
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Blue Valentine (film) - Wikipedia
Blue Valentine , an already critically-acclaimed film generating Oscar buzz , won't be released until the end of the year, and if the MPAA gets its way, it likely won't be showing at a theatre near you. The Motion Picture Association of America rated the rollercoaster romance NC, restricting audiences to adults over 17, and guaranteeing that many cinemas across the country will choose not to include the movie on their marquees. The NC rating, once known more ominously as "X," can — and will, according to the film's producers, the Weinstein Co. Alternatively, the film can be edited, reviewed again and given a less restrictive rating, or the filmmakers can forgo an MPAA rating and sell the film to theatres without a rating. The MPAA won't confirm why the movie received the rating it did, but the indy romance, directed by Derek Cianfrance and staring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams , follows the couple's tumultuous relationship and includes a drunken sex scene in a hotel room. As part of the classification and ratings process, when a rating is offered every independent filmmaker has the option of accepting the rating, appealing the rating, editing the film and resubmitting it or releasing the film unrated. While a final NC rating can spell paltry sales at the box office, the whiff of a preliminary NC rating — with its promise of sex and violence -- can increase interest in a movie.
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Thanks to a fierce fight from distributor Harvey Weinstein, the rating was changed to R, but the controversy had lasting repercussions — both positive and negative — for both Blue Valentine and its director. By the time it was made, Blue Valentine had accumulated eleven producers, including both lead actors. Finally, with Gosling and Williams on board, the film went into production in
Blue Valentine is a American romantic drama film written and directed by Derek Cianfrance. Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne, and Joey Curtis wrote the film, and Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling played the lead roles as well as serving as co-executive producers for the film. The band Grizzly Bear scored the film. The film depicts a married couple, Dean Pereira Gosling and Cynthia "Cindy" Heller Williams , shifting back and forth in time between their courtship and the dissolution of their marriage several years later.