‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Is Officially Rated R

by Meredith B. Kile 5:16 PM PST, January 07, 2015
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The MPAA finally settled on its rating for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie Wednesday, and the news will likely be a relief for some fans and incredibly disappointing for others.

The adaptation of the first book in E.L. James best-selling erotic trilogy, which stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as an unlikely couple who begin a kinky relationship, will officially be rated R, dodging the more restrictive NC-17 rating.

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Given the graphic source material, there was much controversy among fans and critics alike about just how racy the film version would be. Some hoped that director Sam Taylor-Johnson would really go for it and push for the NC-17, however the highest MPAA rating would have restricted the film’s release to certain theaters and showtimes.

The MPAA handed down the R rating with the official language that the film contains "strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language."

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The nudity will likely be limited to Johnson's Anastasia Steele character, as Dornan revealed in November that he will not be going full-frontal in the film.

"You want to appeal to as wide an audience as possible without grossing them out," he told The Guardian. "You don't want to make something gratuitous, and ugly, and graphic. There were contracts in place that said that viewers wouldn't be seeing my ...todger."

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Check out the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey below.