ReelViews for NC-17 movies

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Blue is the Warmest Color

It's difficult to overstate what director Abdellatif Kechiche has achieved with Blue is the Warmest Color, his powerful (if controversial) look into the life of a young girl as she experiences the highs and lows of first love. This may seem like a ...

Run Time: 3:00
U.S. Release Date: 2013-11-01
MPAA Rating: "NC-17" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Cast: Adele Exarchopoulos, Lea Seydoux
Killer Joe

Killer Joe earns its NC-17 rating. A gleeful and unapologetic descent into delicious decadence, Killer Joe is proud of what it is and never tries to be something it isn't. A slick looking exploitation thriller from veteran director William Friedkin...

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Release Date: 2012-08-01
MPAA Rating: "NC-17" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Violence, Profanity)
Genre: THRILLER/COMEDY
Director: William Friedkin
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, ...
Shame

Spoiler warning: In discussing the movie, I have revealed more about the plot than I normally do, including a brief, oblique reference to the ending. Although Shame is not narrative-driven, those who want a "pure" experience may wish to read no fur...

Run Time: 1:41
U.S. Release Date: 2011-12-02
MPAA Rating: "NC-17" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Steve McQueen
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, ...
Showgirls

In 1990, the MPAA introduced the NC-17 rating to provide an outlet for legitimate adult fare -- non-pornographic motion pictures with content deemed too strong for the under-17 crowd. The first movie released with an NC-17 was Henry and June...

Run Time: 2:11
U.S. Release Date: 1995-09-22
MPAA Rating: "NC-17" (Nudity, Sexual Situations, Profanity, Violence)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Cast: Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Glenn Plummer, ...
Bad Lieutenant

Harvey Keitel plays an unnamed New York City lieutenant who's a lot worse than the criminals who infest his streets. A womanizer, drug abuser, alcoholic, and gambler, the bad (and unnamed) lieutenant epitomizes corruption and decadence. When his ...

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 1993-01-15
MPAA Rating: "NC-17" (Profanity, Violence, Sexual Situations, Nudity, Drugs)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Abel Ferrara
Cast: Harvey Keitel
Crash

It has been called brave, rousing, and shocking. At the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where it received its world premiere, it was both hailed and booed, and received a special jury prize for "originality, daring, and audacity." Ted Turner, who ...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 1997-03-21
MPAA Rating: "NC-17" (Sexual Situations, Nudity, Violence, Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: David Cronenberg
Cast: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, ...
Lust, Caution

Ang Lee's follow-up to Brokeback Mountain is Lust, Caution. The film's receipt of an NC-17 by the MPAA was dutifully noted by the mainstream media, as was the distributor's (Focus Features) decision not to appeal the rating. NC-17 movies aren’t r...

Run Time: 2:37
U.S. Release Date: 2007-09-28
MPAA Rating: "NC-17" (Sexual Situations, Nudity, Violence)
Genre: THRILLER/DRAMA
Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Tang Wei, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Joan Chen, ...
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

If there's anything disgusting or grotesque that The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover doesn't dabble in, I'm at a loss to figure out what it is. This film, a wildly exuberant, bitingly satirical examination of excess, bad taste, and grea...

Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "NC-17" (Sexual Situations, Nudity, Violence, Profanity)
Genre: COMEDY
Director: Peter Greenaway
Cast: Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, ...
Dirty Shame, A

It can be convincingly argued that John Waters' oeuvre is an acquired taste. If that's the case, I haven't yet acquired it. I view Waters as a pre-adolescent male in a state of arrested development. He is obsessed with what kids snickeringly ref...

Run Time: 1:28
U.S. Release Date: 2004-09-24
MPAA Rating: "NC-17" (Profanity, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: COMEDY
Director: John Waters
Cast: Tracey Ullman, Chris Isaak, Johnny Knoxville, ...
Aristocrats, The

According to several of the roughly 100 talking heads in The Aristocrats, The Joke has been around for a long time, dating back to the days of vaudeville. In addition to being called "The Aristocrats," it has other names, like "The Sophisticates."...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2005-08-12
MPAA Rating: "NC-17" (Profanity)
Genre: DOCUMENTARY
Director: Paul Provenza
Cast: George Carlin, Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, ...