[UPDATED: As per one of the comments below, please treat this as RUMOR ONLY. My sources were good, but an even better source now says no]
I had mentioned before that the movie had always seemed like a PG-13, and that the likely R-rating was probably just for language. This is true, and has apparently become a big hold-up issue.
I didn’t want to spoil this particular aspect of the film, but it’s out there now — I had mentioned that there was copious use of an f-word, but not the one you’d think…
That f-word is “Firecrotch,” a derisive nickname for the red-headed protagonist. It’s apparently the big deal right now, because Screen Gems wants a PG-13. There’s also dialogue about drinking from someone’s douchebag that might have to go in such an event.
Jaye isn’t all that bothered by this. I am. “Firecrotch” not only gets the biggest laughs in the movie, but it’s also in several key scenes that can’t simply be trimmed. Back when the movie seemed like it might need a name change due to Shyamalan’s THE VILLAGE, some of us even said the movie should be called “Firecrotch.” That word was the most memorable thing about the script the first time I read it, and when I watched the audition tapes, it was one of the key things prospective actresses had to say. The school bully character Samantha is totally neutered if you take that word away.
What’s particularly stupid is that it’s a word only a teenager would say, yet it’s the word that may shut them out.
Oh well, if they do make the stupid mistake of doing this, I guess that allows them to do an “unrated, uncensored” DVD later that promises nudity and gore but just features the word “firecrotch.”
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