Anyone who follows movies with any kind of regularity knows that the MPAA has some oddly specific qualifications when it comes to rating theatrically released films. For example, it turns out that they have some very strange rules when it comes to penises – from how they are allowed to be moved around on screen to when and how they can be shown as being… excited.
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising writer/director Nicolas Stoller during a press day in Los Angeles, and it was at the end of our interview that the conversation steered towards the MPAA and their weirdly particular rules about male genitalia. The filmmaker mentioned that he’s never really had any personal issues with the ratings board, but did reveal some knowledge that he earned during the making of his directorial debut, Forgetting Sarah Marshall:
Interestingly, during the same process Nicolas Stoller did learn that there is an option that filmmakers can use if they really must feature an erect penis on screen:
These scenes are most definitely NSFW, but for point of reference you can watch the Scary Movie sequence below:
And the scene from South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut here.
Congratulations, you totally learned something new today.
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