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November 23, 2010 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Blue Valentine

Michael the Moviegoer – @

Like a lot of people, I was enraged by the MPAA’s decision to give this film an NC-17 rating. All the press about that decision made me really want to see the film. I read all about the festival buzz, the strong performances, and so on. Having not seen a single frame of footage, “Blue Valentine” was high on my list of must-sees. Now that I’m seeing the trailer for the first time, I can’t help but utter these three famous letters of shorthand texting… WTF? This might very well be the worst trailer I’ve ever seen in my life. A jerky hand-held mess of badly lit cinematography all set to Ryan Gosling singing with some sort of ukulele. I sincerely hope this movie’s ultimate failure will not be blamed on the NC-17 rating.

Terrance the Trailer Trasher – @

Oh, don’t even get me started on the NC-17 rating. Too late. Okay, here’s my take. The MPAA has every right to rate a movie NC-17 if it’s not appropriate for children. I’m enraged by the theatres and newspapers who wrongly equate NC-17 with porn. We sell tons of booze, guns and cigarettes in this country but we’re not allowed to sell to an appropriate audience a serious movie with two Oscar nominated stars because of a little sex scene? Whatever. WTF? is right, Michael. This trailer looks like a really bad Hallmark card commercial. Why would that make anyone of any age want to see this movie? They could rate it NC-70 and no one would complain.

Michael’s Rebuttal:

Yeah, if they made Hallmark cards to send to your enemies!!! NC-70… LOL.

“Blue Valentine” is expected to be delivered on New Year’s Eve, probably to one theatre in Los Angeles to qualify for Oscar consideration. [“Blue Valentine” was rated NC-17. The studio is appealing the decision, hoping to get an R rating without making any changes.]

Come back tomorrow when we look at the Black Panther drama “Night Catches Us,” and feel free to weigh in today with a comment on the “Blue Valentine” trailer or its corresponding ratings controversy. We’d love to hear from you.



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  1. moviegeek / Nov 25 2010 1:17 am

    I saw this movie the other day and loved it. The two performances are truly wonderful and they deserve an Oscar!!
    I don’t understand the NC17 rating
    My review:

    • MichaelAndTerrance / Nov 25 2010 12:12 pm

      Thanks for the comment. That trailer certainly isn’t doing it any favors. If I see it, it will be because of the buzz, not the ad.

      Nice review, too, moviegeek. It reminds me of the other thing I’m a little concerned about with this movie, when you say it’s shot like a documentary. I’m soooo over shaky-cam movies. I’ve seen plenty of documentaries that are nowhere near as shaky as movies like “Cyrus.”

      – Terry

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