Bruno Slapped With NC-17 Rating

Over-the-line sex scenes draw MPAA's ire
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2009 12:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – Sacha Baron Cohen’s next risqué turn—this time as a gay Austrian fashionista—is turning out to be a little too raunchy for some: Bruno has been slapped with an NC-17 rating, the Wrap reports. Among the potential reasons: Anal sex and a nude camping scene. The film, which intends to challenge homophobia and racism, “offends everybody,” said one exec. “But you laugh from the minute it starts.”

“With the quantity of material available, I cannot foresee a problem” downgrading the rating to R before the movie's July release, said a Universal spokesman. Insiders add Baron Cohen is still “finding the film,” and has tested two versions of it. The comedian is appealing the MPAA decision while cutting controversial scenes—perhaps including the one in which he calls a baby a “dick magnet.” Hardcore fans needn’t worry: An NC-17 version will likely be released on DVD.