Bel Ami: PG-13 or R?

One of the questions we’re hearing now, is whether or not Bel Ami will be given a rating of PG-13 or R by the MPAA.

The MPAA’s definition of a PG-13 film includes some, but not all of the following criteria –More than brief nudity, generally will not be sexually oriented. There may be depictions of violence, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence. A motion picture’s single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words, though only as an expletive, initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive requires an R rating, as must even one of those words used in a sexual context.

Rated R – may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements.

Judging by the script, we will definitely have: adult activity and sexually-oriented nudity.

What the hell does all that mean?

Georges lying in the sweltering heat, only scantily covered by a white sheet.


Georges lying on top of someone (read: thrusting) in the sweltering heat, only very scantily covered by a white sheet.

And we’re dead.

There are several sex scenes in this movie, and by sex, we mean f*cking. There’s a scene that includes a quickie at a desk, a passionate encounter on the floor, one against a door, and that’s not even counting all that happens in various beds throughout Paris.

Example from the script:

“He forces her roughly to the floor, her body white and delicate against the red carpet. Then she curls her legs around him, and gives herself to him with an unexpected, ravenous passion.”

Our best guess is that although a rating of PG-13 may allow exposure to a greater audience, therefore more $$$$, there is no way they can pull this off without a solid R rating.

The link for the Motion Picture Association of America or MPAA’s rating system is here.

The link for the British Board of Film Classification or BBFC is here.

What do you guys think?

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