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After the Motion Picture Association of America gave Philomena, the forthcoming true life drama starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, a R rating because of a few off-color words, the two stars took umbrage.
The two British actors teamed up to make a video spoof urging the MPAA to change the rating and posted it on Tuesday on the Funny or Die site. The video is part of a campaign by the Weinstein Company, which is releasing the movie, to convince the MPAA to downgrade the Philomena’s rating from R to PG-13.
In the video, Dench parodies her M role from the James Bond films while Coogan plays Agent 002, a none too bright operative. When she urges him to visit the MPAA and appeal the rating, he asks if he can take out Adam Sandler while he’s at it.
“Why would you want to kill Adam Sandler?” asks a startled Dench.
“Have you see Jack and Jill?” responds Coogan, referencing Sandler’s notoriously awful 2011 comedy in which the actor played both halves of a male and female twin set.
Philomena, which is co-written by Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen), tells the true story of Philomena Lee (played by Dench), an elderly Irish woman who enlists Martin Sixsmith (Coogan), a veteran journalist, to help her track down the son she gave up for adoption when he was a small boy. The movie, which has received an enthusiastic reception during showings at film festivals this fall, opens Nov. 27.
The full video has been disabled but here is a short teaser:
Since this post went up, Steve Coogan met with the MPAA to discuss the situation and the MPAA has decided to reverse their decision and change the R rating to a PG-13.
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