Search for Beauty is a 1934 Pre-Code dramedy film, with some musical Busby Berkeley-esque athletic sequences, directed by Erle C. Kenton and starring Buster Crabbe and Ida Lupino. They play a pair of lovers and aquatic champion Olympians (he a swimmer, she a diver) who become the face of a health magazine, which over their objections is turned into a “skin” rag. Armstrong and Michael portray ex-cons with the ‘scheme’ (and both have designs to break up the loving couple for themselves), and Gleason is their cohort. In his first few scenes Crabbe promotes exercise: “Get off your (pause) ‘feet’ and get on them!”
Not only are the dialog and situations pretty risqué for 1939 but there are plenty of suggestive visuals. Michaels enthusiastically ogles Crabbe’s crotch through binoculars; plus there’s a shower scene below with bare-assed young men flitting about.
Today if sent to the stick-up-the ass, prusish MPAA they would certainly rate this movie PG-13
Coming after an intense few weeks of activism, challenges and a petition from Change.org signed by over half a million people , the MPAA has reportedly assigned a PG-13 rating to the Weinstein Company’s Bully which spotlights the horrors that bullied teens in America face today on a daily basis and the adults that turn a blind eye to it.
The Weinstein Company (TWC), aided by the guidance and consultation from attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson, announced today that the MPAA has lowered the R rating, given for some language, for BULLY to a PG-13 in time for the film’s April 13th expansion to 55 markets.
The scene that has been at the forefront of the battle with the MPAA, the intense scene in the film that shows teen Alex Libby being bullied and harassed on a bus, has been left fully intact and unedited. BULLY director Lee Hirsch felt editing the scene was not an option, and subsequently refused to do so, since it is too important to the truth and integrity behind the film.
Also a victory is the exception the MPAA made by allowing the film to be released with the new rating before 90 days, which is the length of time their policy states a film must wait to be in theaters after a rating change to avoid confusion or inconvenience for moviegoers.
Please note that the octogenarians and tight asses at the MPAA didn’t admit fault of giving the socially responsible film an “R” rating what they basically did was just gave in to what people wanted–a PG-13 rating. They broke their own rules about a 90 day window before a ratings change, but never admitted fault. they decided to concede without a fight in the way that would allow them to save the most face possible.
Harvey Weinstein, best known as co-founder of Miramax Films and now co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company, is threatening to quit the MPAA after The MPAA gave his new film “BULLY” an “‘R” rating that would stop the movie could reaching the teen audience to which he was hoping the film would reach and educate about the dangers and consequences of teen bullying.
EW reports that Weinstein appealed to the MPAA Rating Board along with one of the bullied children in the film, Alex Libby asking that the film be re-rated as “PG-13”.
The board did not change the rating of the movie.
TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein and one of the bullied children in the film, Alex Libby delivered statements to the MPAA’s Classification and Rating Appeals Board today, arguing that an R rating would prevent “BULLY” from reaching the adolescent audience that would most benefit from the movie. (The studio was planning on screening the documentary at various middle and high schools.) However, for an MPAA rating to be overturned, a two-thirds vote is required — and Bully was one vote short.
Extremely disappointed Weinstein released a statement hinting that the MPAA has gone to far and the the The Weinstein company is considering leaving the organization.