Killer Joe Slapped With An NC-17

In a surprise move, William Friedkin’s adaptation of Tracy Letts’ darkly comic play “Killer Joe” has been given an NC-17 rating by the MPAA reports Deadline.

The story follows a drug-dealing brother (Emile Hirsch) and sister (Juno Temple) who plot the death of their mother (Gina Gershon) for the insurance money and hire “Killer Joe” Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a cop and contract killer, to do the deed.

The film premiered in Venice and Toronto last year to fairly good reviews and has been acquired for U.S. distribution by LD Entertainment. LD is expected to appeal the rating which was handed out for “graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality”.

One reviewer says the film is “casually violent, kinkily erotic and features Gina Gershon doing inappropriate things with fried chicken.” It also says he couldn’t recall anything in the film that might warrant such a rating.