For everyone who really wanted to see The King's Speech—you know, the movie that was nominated for 7 Golden Globes and 14 BAFTAs, not to mention 12 Academy Awards, out of which the film won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Original Screenplay—but decided to keep their ticket money because of the R rating, great news!
You can now experience what was inarguably one of the best movies of the year AND preserve your delicate sensibilities, because a PG-13 version is being released on April 1.
The "family-friendly" cut of The King's Speech doesn't exactly remove a 20-minute-long anal scene. Rather, it edits a key moment in which Firth's King George VI attempts to break through his stutter ... and Geoffrey Rush's Lionel Logue encourages him to loosen up by swearing.
Basically, The Weinstein Company re-released a censored version of a massively popular award-winning film because Colin Firth said the word "fuck." It's not entirely clear how they've dealt with the F-word scene, but by several accounts, the offending word is muted in a few instances, and replaced by the word "shit" in others.
In movie ratings, I guess Shit > Fuck.
Personally, I think the re-release is ridiculous. The dialogue is a pivotal moment for Firth's character, it's not like he's just running through the movie shouting "fuck!" willy-nilly. As a parent, I wouldn't have a single problem with my children watching that scene.
TWC’s president of theatrical distribution claims they made the decision so more young people would have access to the film, even going so far as to play the bullying card:
The action enables those to whom it speaks most directly — young people who are troubled by stuttering, bullying, and similar trials — to see it.
I don't buy it. I think they're just trying to milk every single possible dollar they can from the film. They let it run its course in its original format, and now they have a bunch of new publicity and another distribution schedule.
Colin Firth himself spoke out about the ratings-based decision backstage after the Oscars, saying,
I don’t support it. I think the film has its integrity as it stands. I think that scene belongs where it is. I think it serves a purpose. [...] I’m not somebody who takes that kind of language casually. The language in the film is about a man trying to free himself through the use of forbidden words. I haven’t met a person who has been offended by it.
I couldn't agree more, Mr. Firth. In support of the original film and a big F.U. to money-grubbing studio executives, here's the scene in all its offensive glory:
Are you glad there's a PG-13 version of The King's Speech?
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