Ryan Gosling Reacts to Blue Valentine Rating: It's All About Sex, Not Violence

Leading man responds to his film's surprising rating

By Ted Casablanca Nov 09, 2010 2:30 AMTags

We already filled you in on how baffled Blue Valentine producer Jamie Patricof was when the MPAA slammed an NC-17 stamp on his dark and brilliant flick, but at the movie's premiere in Hollywood, leading man Ryan Gosling was talking about the rating:

"They gave it not because of something they saw, but because of the way something in the film made them feel. That speaks to the power of this film. There's no real scene that they can hang this X rating on," he said. "It's just an emotional reaction."

So what's the MPAA's deal, Ry?

"They don't give [NC-17's] for violence, they give them for sexuality," he dished looking spiffy and suited-up on the red carpet.

If you haven't heard, Gosling stars alongside Michelle Williams in the movie about a couple struggling to keep their crumbling marriage alive.

Even though Ry claims there is not one X-rated scene in his Oscar-worthy flick, the scene in question takes place in a hotel room, where Gosling and Williams' characters get wasted and the unhappy wifey finally gives in to doin' it with her bruised-ego husband.

Even if the scene makes you squirm, just a little, it is a totally accurate description of a relationship hitting rock bottom. Plus, there was barely any nudity—aside from Ryan's impressive butt—or physical violence.

Sounds like the MPAA can't handle a powerful, gut-wrenching movie like the rest of us cinema-savvy folks, eh?

Defending his film, Mr. Gosling—who totally deserves to nab an award for his convincing role as the tortured hubby—says that whatever happens in the film is between and man and his wife, and the story is obviously too powerful for the critics.  

But the still-stumped actor didn't stop there:

"It feels a bit arbitrary to me, as far as the rationale given and ratings other things get."

It's too bad we all have to play by the rules, Ryan, especially since filmmakers and actors like yourself can't compare their flicks' ratings to those of others given by the MPAA they appeal the ratings. Talk about scores of stupidity!

But the saddest part of this undeserved rating smackdown? "It's difficult because it limits us," a bummed Ryan fessed. "[There are] so many theaters we can't play in and so many people that can't see the film."

Agreed. Not to mention those folks won't be able to see Ry's sexy ass, whatever you want to rate it!