Streep's Reefer Moment Hardly R-Rated

It's Complicated spotlights MPAA's wacky marijuana rules
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2009 1:43 PM CST

Insiders say the only reason Meryl Streep’s new romantic comedy It’s Complicated has an R rating is a scene in which she smokes marijuana, and that’s causing a “minor ruckus” in Hollywood. A source close to the hearings tells Robert Ablon of the Los Angeles Times “pot smoking with no bad consequences” was the MPAA’s top official reason for hanging the revenue-reducing rating on the movie. What’s next, Ablon wonders: “This film is rated R for brief alcohol use portrayed in a positive light”?

You can happily smoke or drink without crossing the PG-13 marker, to say nothing of shooting, stabbing, or otherwise killing people, all things most parents also disapprove of. Recreational pot use is something “countless American adults do responsibly every day.” It’s medically legal in 13 states, and soon will be in California. It’s mainstream, kids know about it, and if the MPAA's thought police believe otherwise, “the only people they’re really sheltering from the truth are themselves.” (More MPAA stories.)

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