It looks like the MPAA took the title of Ang Lee's latest film, Lust, Caution, pretty seriously. The Hollywood Reporter has posted that the film, which is gearing up for release, has just been slapped with an NC-17 rating. That means that no Lee fans under 17 will be admitted, which is fine, but it also means distribution problems. A source for THR said that appealing isn't even an option; too many of the sex scenes violate the rating board's unwritten rules (like number of pelvic thrusts). I always find it funny when repetition becomes the thing to censor -- watch it once and you're ok. Watch that action 5 times in a row, and you'll be scarred!

With a big, money-making director like Ang, one would imagine that edits would attempt to be made -- but that isn't going to happen. Focus Features has accepted the rating, and CEO James Schamus (who co-wrote the screenplay) says: "When we screened the final cut of this film, we knew we weren't going to change a frame. Every moment up on that screen works and is an integral part of the emotional arc of the characters." I can't help but wonder if the fuss has been over-blown. I went into Brokeback Mountain thinking I was going to see some pretty raunchy and explicit gay sex, but it was far from what people blew it up to be.

So, what made the MPAA pull out their big NC-17 stamp? "Sources who have seen the film said it contains at least three scenes -- one a long montage -- featuring multiple acts of aggressive sexual activity in different positions. There's no full-frontal male nudity, but male-on-female oral sex, non-S&M restraints and several nontraditional sexual positions are depicted, conveying the aggression and emotional conflict between the main characters." Oh, and they're supposedly very flexible in said positions. And what, might I ask, are non-S&M restraints? You'll soon be able to see for yourself. THR lists both September 28 and October 5 as release dates, so either way, it'll be out soon.