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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Receives “R”-rating by the MPAA

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The studio and even director Guillermo del Toro are being incredibly secretive about his next project, The Shape of Water, which is pegged as fantastical romantic drama. Even when I inquired with Fox Searchlight they refused to even tease the idea that this is for Bloody Disgusting audiences. But there’s a new clue that fuels the fire…an extremely early MPAA rating.

Yes, even though the film won’t arrive until December 8, 2017, the film has received an “R”-rating for “sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, and language.”

While it doesn’t sound like there are any monstrous elements like in del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, it’s pretty clear the “R” comes because of the alleged explicit sexual content.

The Shape of Water is an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1963.

In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

With del Toro’s body of work – including Blade 2, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Cronos, Mimic, Crimson Peak and even Pacific Rim – it’s hard to imagine this will be anything but something we should be covering.


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