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Weinstein Co. appealing 'Blue Valentine' NC-17 rating

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A week after the MPAA branded its domestic drama Blue Valentine with an NC-17 rating, the Weinstein Company has decided to appeal the decision and hope for an R without any trims to the film. “We respect the work of the MPAA,” Harvey Weinstein says in a statement today, “and we hope, after having a chance to sit down with them, they will see that our appeal is reasonable, and the film, which is an honest and personal portrait of a relationship, would be significantly harmed by such a rating.” Weinstein is right: The NC-17 would limit the film’s audience and its Oscar chances. The question is whether the notoriously stubborn MPAA will budge. Blue Valentine, starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, has its U.K. premiere tomorrow night at the London Film Festival and hits U.S. theaters on Dec. 31.