Tom Hooper on PG-13 'King's Speech': 'I wouldn't support cutting the film in any way' -- EXCLUSIVE

‘The King’s Speech’ emerged from the weekend as the new Oscar favorite after the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild both awarded […] Read the full post.

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  • Canadian

    The MPAA is like some ultra-religious freak show. They need to look at intent. There is no offensive intent to the f-word in the King’s Speech. But other films with misogynistic violence get to be seen by teenagers. The MPAA is degrading, not the films.

  • Sarah

    Has anyone noticed that in this photo, Hooper looks exactly like a young James Cameron?……

  • HoneyB

    Perhaps the studio owns the film, but changing the film post hoc is wrong. And as for the usage in the film, it’s not a profanation (do you know what the word means JB, for it’s not what you suggest?). It’s swearing to be sure, but it’s exclamatory release as part of therapy, noted that it’s inappropriate for a prince to use, and not glorified. It’s not being used as in “I’m going to F— you.”

  • Dduellman

    I would take someone as young as 10 to see “The King’s Speech.” It is a wonderful film. The profanity isn’t gratuitous, it is an important part of the story.

  • Julia

    It absolutely should not be censored. The scene with language is witty. I don’t think it’s a movie kids are going to see anyway.

  • Rio

    I have taken my 13 and 16 year old to see this wonderful and fantastic movies, and I am always really serious about keeping them away from R movies. It is beyound ludicrous that this is rated R, when James Bond movies with violence, nudity, sexual situations and torture are PG-13. Really screwed up system.

  • Jennifer

    I don’t think they should cut the theatrical version; however, as a teacher, I would love a PG-13 version on DVD. Though may fit the curriculum, the current film cannot be shown in most middle and high schools.

  • Carrie #2

    Keep it the way it is. It ruins the power and humor of the scenes otherwise. The film wouldn’t appeal to a PG-13 audience anyway, so why ruin its artistic triumph by making it squeaky clean? Anyway, good for Hooper for sticking to his beliefs!

  • Speech Pathologist

    As a school Speech-Language Pathologist, I am very sad that my students who stutter cannot see the film.

    • Danza

      Permission slip meet parents

  • RichLeC

    The swearing is the pivotal moment of the film. It’s like “the rain in
    Spain” in “My Fair Lady.” You could not do without it. And it’s nothing my kids haven’t heard before. Look, R just means you have to go with your kids, and I would love to take my kids to this movie — and see it again myself.

  • LJ

    This is probably the only “R” rated film that I would actually take my young teen children to see. No editing please.

  • Eri

    Filmmakers and artists should be given leeway to make the art they wish. If movie studios don’t want to embrace that vision, or are going to stymie that art, they shouldn’t invest in the first place. Nothing turns me off a studio more than learning they’re not fully behind their pictures. That being said, however, I do believe that more, not less, restraint should be used in rating a film. While many children are ‘wordly’ that’s not reason to treat all of them like they are, or to expose them unnecessarily. It should be up to a parent to decide how much they want to show their kids, what they wish to teach them, and when. I do think the ratings system is flawed, but overall I’d prefer the MPAA to err more on the side of caution and not less.

    • hecowe

      Um … if the studio doesn’t invest, there is no movie. No Academy Award, no Golden Globe, no Palme d’Or … Filmmakers and artists NEED MONEY, and willingly took TWC’s cash to make their screenplay. In film, art and commerce collide. If the filmmakers don’t like it, they should become novelists. And of course the Weinstein’s are fully behind this picture, but it’s the MOVIE BUSINESS, not the MOVIE ART.

  • Nicole

    Just goes to show amazing people make amazing movies.

  • mells

    There was a five year old girl in the screening of Monster (with Charlize Theron) that made me disgusted. Letting my 7th grader see “The King’s Speech is not disgusting. Let the kids see the movie.

  • sharon

    The language that’s used is vulgar-not profane–there is no cursing involved. The average 13 year old has heard it all before. It might a viewers personal choice of vocabulary but it is totally appropriate in the context of the film, and adds to the movie’s credibility.

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