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IFC Center Heroically Ignores “Blue Is the Warmest Color” NC-17 Rating for Explicit Lesbian Sex


10.24.13 Marina Galperina

The Palme d’Or-winning Blue Is the Warmest Color is opening tomorrow and because fifteen minutes out of the three subtitled hours are all explicit teen lesbian sex “strenuous, nothing-left-to-the-imagination simulated couplings,” it is rated NC-17. This means that no one under 17 will be admitted to see this “genuinely passionate… blazingly emotional and explosively sexy film” about the relationship between a 15-year-old and an art school student BECAUSE TEENAGERS DON’T FUCK OR FALL IN LOVE, OBVIOUSLY!

Unless they’re going to the IFC Center in Greenwich Village.

“This is not a movie for young children, but it is our judgment that it is not inappropriate for mature, inquiring teenagers who are looking ahead to the emotional challenges and opportunities that adulthood holds,” writes John Vanco, senior vice president and general manager of the IFC Center in an email, stating that “high school age patrons” will be admitted to the upcoming screenings of the film.

Taking in account the outdated rating system, the censorship and abuse of LGBT youth in the US and abroad, and the fact that teenagers fuck and fall in love… Thank you, John Vanco.