Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch's new movie to extreme and gets an NC-17 rating
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (VARIOUS DATES) (HOLLYWOODTV - The MPAA ruled Wednesday an NC-17 for "Killer Joe" which stars Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch. The Classification and Rating Appeals Board voted that the movie is unfit for children younger than 17-years-old because of "graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality." "Killer Joe" stars McConaughey as a police officer who moonlights as a hitman. A brother and sister, played by Hirsch and Juno Temple, hire him to kill their mother for the insurance money. William Friedkin directs the movie and premiered at SXSW Festival where it was very well received. An NC-17 rating is significant blow to a movie's chances of commercial success. Many major movie theaters chains are reluctant to show NC-17 movies, and some won't show them at all. Last year's "Shame," starring Michael Fassbender, received an NC-17, and, its widest release, played in 95 locations. The film grossed a total of $3.9 million domestically. The highest grossing NC-17 movie of all time is the 1995 movie "Showgirls," which grossed $20.3 million domestically and played at 1,388 locations in its widest release. Good luck to the cast and production behind "Killer Joe."
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