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Judi Dench doesn't take any crap. When her film, Philomena, gets an R rating from the MPAA, she sends co-star Steve Coogan to Hollywood to make it right.

Philomena’s Judi Dench Sends Steve Coogan to Hollywood for MPAA Appeal


Funny or Die has just released a hilarious video with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, who co-star in “Philomena.” The film received an R rating from the MPAA because the “F” word is used in two instances, neither of them said by the titular character played by Dame Dench.

The Weinstein Company is filing a formal appeal on the MPAA’s decision, arguing that the ratings rule that more than one “harsher, sexually-derived word” used as an expletive automatically garners a film an R rating. Weinstein is contending that, based on its subject matter and context, “Philomena” should be granted a more family-friendly PG-13.

Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee,” the film centers on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock — something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of — and given away for adoption in the United States.

In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.

In the video, Dame Dench plays an “M”-like supervisor who sends Coogan, a Bond-like agent, to Hollywood to appeal to the MPAA on their decision.

Coogan asks,” What’s the MPAA?”

“They rape films,” she tells him via Skype. “I want you to go and have a word with them.”

“Would you like me to kill Adam Sandler while I’m there?” Coogan asks.

“Why would you want to kill Adam Sandler?”

“Have you seen Jack & Jill?” he replies.

Paula Schwartz

Paula Schwartz is a veteran journalist based in New York who is passionate about the movies. Her idea of heaven is watching three movies in a row. She’s written for various outlets, including the New York Times, Showbiz411.com, More.com and MovieMaker Magazine. For five seasons, she contributed to the New York Times seasonal movie blog, Carpetbaggers, where she covered major awards events and interviewed stars like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Helen Mirren.

Paula Schwartz has written posts on Reel Life With Jane.


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