Dench, Weinstein Take On The MPAA

By Garth Franklin Friday November 8th 2013 10:12AM

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.