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Jennifer Lynch On Why She Doesn’t Get the NC-17 Rating For ‘Chained’

Just a day or so ago we reported that The Classification and Rating Appeals Board upheld the NC-17 rating given to the movie Chained. The Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) had assigned the movie the NC-17 rating for “some explicit violence.” This decision was made despite several appeals. The Appeals Board heard statements on behalf of Chained from Kevin Carney, Executive Director of Marketing at Anchor Bay, and Jennifer Lynch, the Director of the film. The scene in question is an image of a throat being cut.

But Jennifer Lynch still (politely) disagrees. Speaking to The LA Times she says, “The one thing they [the appeals board] kept citing was context, that violence in a lot of other films doesn’t feel as intense. I have a lot of compassion for what [the MPAA] does. And they were all very nice and warm in the room. But it doesn’t seem fair to me. I feel like we are being punished because the film was done the way it was set out to be done, which was authentically.

She will cut the film, but hopes that the unrated version will be available in come capacity as well. But she doesn’t see the scene as being particularly shocking. “Horror fans will see it and be stunned at the NC-17. They’ve seen much worse.” Kevin Carney adds, “There were horrific scenes in ‘Hostel 3’ that I can’t get out of my head, but what the MPAA kept saying is that it was context, which seems arbitrary. Compare our movie to ‘Sweeney Todd,’ where 13 or 14 people get their throat slit. There’s an equal amount of graphic-ness. It’s just a different style.

Head inside for the film’s sales trailer to see what all of the commotion is (or isn’t) about.



  • PatrickxJonathan

    If the film is good people will buy it without a theatrical release. If the filmmakers are confident in their final product they should not cut anything and release the film unrated on DVD. Filmmakers need to stop compromising their films because of the MPAA.

  • djblack1313

    PatrickxJonathan, i agree %100. fuck the MPAA.

  • Nothing333

    I get why the MPAA exist but in this day of the common unrated home vid and the Internet, their growing less and less useful and powerful. Maybe it’s time to let them go and just use descriptors for parents.

  • lucie-with-a-gun

    that trailer hit me and made me very still.

  • FilthyBeast666

    I think it looks good. Poor vincent D is getting back to his fatty full metal jacket self though. And jennifer lynch did boxing helena that is great. my mom made me watch that with her when i was a kid.

  • Chance_X74

    It must be the violence-against-women effect. If all the victims in the film were male, they wouldn’t have even batted an eye. Look at how much less graphic Hostel: Part 2 had to be compared to the first one to achieve the same rating.

  • iamspoonbender

    If I were Jennifer, I would cut the film to get the R rating so it would be shown in the theater. Then, release the video uncut, and unrated so everyone can see it the way it was intended. I do sympathize with her, and understand both sides of the argument, and all. To an extent it does come back to money, and making enough so everyone gets paid properly etc. With an NC-17 rating in a theater even with wide distribution, you’ll be lucky to get back half of what you put in. With an R rating, your pretty much assured to break even.

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