Philomena starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan has earned an R rating from the MPAA due to two instances of use of the F-word and, of course, Harvey Weinstein isn’t going to stand by and let a film hit theaters with a rating he doesn’t agree with (and a rating that, at least in this case, isn’t justified). He’s fighting the rating and he’s enlisted Dench – back in character as ‘M’ – as well as her co-star Coogan for a funny video in which Agent 002 is asked to talk the MPAA into reconsidering their decision.
Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, Philomena focuses 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, a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.
-Posted by Rebecca Murray
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