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THE KING'S SPEECH May Get a Re-edit

Apparently, the film's executive producer/distributor Harvey Weinstein is considering re-editing the R-rated movie to get a more box-office friendly rating. Weinstein is currently talking with director Tom Hooper about removing the profanity that earned the film an R rating in order to attain a PG-13 or even PG. "The message more was about the critics, but now we're trying to get across that this classic movie is just as cool as the other movies people are seeing," Weinstein said. Sounds a lot like on old man who's completely out of touch with reality.

Weinstein says he was encouraged - and likely emboldened - by the film's huge acceptance in Great Britain, where it sports a 12-and-over rating and has been eating up the box office for three consecutive weekends. "The British numbers are huge because the rating lets families see the movie together," Weinstein told the L.A. Times. "Tom and I are trying to find a unique way to do this that keeps his vision of the movie." Wonder if he ever thought that the film's success over there just might be because it's about the British monarchy rather than because of its rating?

In addition to aiming for a new rating, The Weinstein Company will also be increasing the amount of screens for the film (up from 1,680 to 2,500) and will focus the ad campaign away from the awards and accolades and more to the friendship between Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush's characters.

Thinking back, we honestly don't remember why the film likely received the R-rating, other than one particular scene where a character unleashed a single barrage of F-words. Sure, a PG-13 rating only allows for one such use of the word, but unlike a lot of films that throw the word around as if it were chicken scratch on Old McDonald's farm, in King's Speech it's used in a more... "regal" manner, shall we say. Kids-in-mind.com states there are 12 uses of the profane word. Likely eight of those come from the single aforementioned scene.

At a bare minimum, hopefully they'll only have to remove that one scene, despite it's critical impact in the film, but bigger disgust should come from the thought that it needs to be edited at all. After all, you just picked up twelve Oscar nominations! Don't fuck it up for fuck's sake!

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