Dench, Weinstein Take On The MPAA

Harvey Weinstein has enlisted “Philomena” star Judi Dench’s help in trying to get the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to reduce that awards-season hopeful’s rating.

Dench has appeared in brief video message spoofing her M character from the Bond films (and specifically referring to spoiler events in “Skyfall”), as Weinstein prepares his appeal which is due to be heard next week.

Though given a 12A rating in the UK, “Philomena” has been slapped with an R rating by the MPAA in the United States. The reason? Two uses of the word ‘f–k’ instead of the one allowed by the board. Unfortunately neither word can be cut around or out either, so Weinstein can’t get the PG-13 he hoped for.

Weinstein says: “This is like The King’s Speech. The movie is the gentlest, wonderful true story, filled with humor and joy. They should just put PG-13 strong language on this and make an exception.”

Stephen Frears directed the drama about a world-weary political journalist (Steve Coogan) who picks up the story of a woman (Dench) searching for her son. The boy was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.