Despite rumors that the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie will be banned in the Philippines, this much awaited novel-turned-film will be shown in local theaters on February 11.
The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) gave the film an R-18 rating which means that this is strictly for adults only. The MTRCB also warned moviegoers that the film contains “scenes of nudity, strong and/or sexual language and sexual aberrational behavior with elements of bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism”.
As per the MTRCB code, an R-18 rating will only allow moviegoers aged 18 and above to watch the film. “Themes, language, violence, nudity, sex, horror and drugs that may not be suitable for children below eighteen (18) years of age” may be contained in the film; thus, the MTRCB is keen on advising both parents and viewers about this.
The government agency also added that no cuts were made in the film, however, “Fifty Shades of Grey” will have scenes with screen blocks and noticeable blurs. This censorship was part of the self regulation act of the film’s producer, Columbia Pictures.
The movie is based from a novel of the same title which was written by E.L James. “Fifty Shades of Grey” explores the different and erotic love story of billionaire entrepreneur, Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and college student, Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson).
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson stated that, “In many respects, Christian and Ana’s story is a love story of the most straightforward kind.” She also added that,”It’s about two people falling in love and negotiating what they will and won’t do for each other, what they will and won’t give up and what journey they will go on”.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” will be shown on February 11 and will be distributed in the Philippines by United Pictures Entertainment through Columbia Pictures.
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