Marijuana in Movies? It’s Complicated

Is the (very) grown-up rom com It’s Complicated dangerous to children? The Motion Picture Association of America thinks so.

It slapped the Nancy Meyers comedy with an R-rating, meaning that, if you’re under 17 you can’t get entry unless you’re accompanied by an adult.

The offending sequence features Meryl Streep and Steve Martin smoking a joint and having a little too much fun.

Seems that, if you want to feature drug use in a movie, you must show some negative consequences. In It’s Complicated, the only upshot of the pot consumption is a few too many giggles and a voracious appetite for a yummy chocolate cake.

I was thinking about the R-rating while sitting in my car listening to Eric Clapton singing his ode to narcotic joy, Cocaine. Radio DJ’s tend to favour the live version of this anthem in which ecstatic audience members yell out the key lyric. Clapton sings, “She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie,” and then then audience screams out, “Cocaine.”

I wondered what would happen if a 16 year-old tripped over that song on the radio, or downloaded it, or got access in any of the myriad ways they can. It strikes me as infinitely more problematic – if you’re worried about drug use among young people – than a scene in a movie geared for the boomer demographic. I mean, how many young teens are going to see It’s Complicated without their parents?

A New York Times commentary on the subject goes so far as to say that the It’s Complicated doobie scene would turn off teens to marijuana use. Who wanted to emulate a grey-haired geek like Steve Martin, anyway?

Turns out, there are some people who would.

My favourite holiday anecdote features friends of mine smoking a joint on the sidewalk in the Entertainment District. An Eastern European woman in her mid-60s approached them and said, “I’ve just seen It’s Complicated and I can’t stop thinking about what it would be like to smoke some marijuana. Do you mind if I have a puff?” My friends obliged, “of course.”

So, yeah, Meryl Streep’s new movie promotes pot use – just not to the demographic all those ratings fixers think.

– Article from Now Toronto.

Comments

7 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    quebec is the only place that rates movies properly in north america. not that i think we should have a government agency rating movies anyway. there is plenty of info on the content of movies available on imdb and other sites that are suitable for parents and weaklings to make informed decisions on what to watch.

    watch the movie ‘this movie is not yet rated’ to see just how secretive and unfair to movie producers and people the rating system is. it is literally used as a form of censorship and everyone including canadians have to watch the final product, which is watered down crap the artist didn’t intend.

  2. Harry Pothead on

    Hate to see what they could do with the TV show “Weeds”

  3. Dave on

    Something like the Taliban right? How many tanks and occupants have they gotten so far?

  4. Anonymous on

    Indians who can’t spell?

    Odd that the IRS can do this! If I were president of the US I’d get rid of the BIA and allow the Amerindians total, uninhibited sovereignty, not this clusterfuck we have them in now!

  5. Anonymous on

    I have this mental picture of an indian war party circling a tank on their ponies and firing arrows at it lol!

  6. Anonymous on

    Judge denies Crow Creek Sioux restraining order against IRS

    Judge denies restraining order after IRS auctions off Crow Creek Sioux land, court sets trial date

    CROW CREEK SIOUX TRIBAL FARMS, INC. v. UNITED STATES INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE CROW CREEK SIOUX TRIBAL FARMS, INC., AND CROW CREEK SIOUX TRIBE, Plaintiffs,v.UNITED STATES INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE AND JAMES DAUGHERTY, E. HANNIFIN, AND STEVE HOPKINS, EMPLOYEES OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, Defendants.CIV. 09-3031-RAL.United States District Court, D. South Dakota, Central Division.

    The court said, “The Tribe has a legitimate and compelling interest in safeguarding cultural heritage and providing for itself and its members economic opportunity by keeping tribal land in the hands of the Tribe or a tribal corporation. Although the Crow Creek Indian Reservation covers 400 square miles, roughly 201 square miles of it is held by the Tribe, tribal members, or the United States Department of Interior in trust. The rest is privately owned by non-tribal members. The IRS seizure of the LeMaster Ranch frustrates the Tribe’s efforts to maintain ownership of land on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation. However, this Court is cognizant of the strong public interest in the IRS collecting taxes owed and past due. The Tribe, in this case, is liable to the IRS for a considerable amount of delinquent employment taxes. The public has an interest in the Tribe paying the taxes owed in order to support the government’s continued function. The public also has an interest in seeing that last-minute land transfers, bankruptcy filings later dismissed, and injunction actions not frustrate timely collection of past-due taxes.”

    “After considering all of the Dataphase factors, the Court finds that there has not been an adequate showing to justify a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction. Therefore, it is ORDERED that the Plaintiffs’ motion for a temporary restraining order (Doc. 7) is and has been denied, and that no preliminary injunctive relief enters at this time. It is further ORDERED that a court trial of this case is set for March 29 and 30, 2010.”
    WE dont give a shit about your courts or cages!! We will defeat you and either sent you home or buried your bones here. What do you want? and also what you choice, also goes for your children also? so, choice carefully, you just europeans and you fuck up easly. take your time.

  7. Anonymous on

    Fuck theses usless chick flicks of corp. america?? If you dont see them they fail just like MARC did? Who cares what a bunch of assholes are doing to rape money out of us?? But these assholes keep putting up shit that may have weed in it but your helping the enemy with freeavertisment of there boring movie!! But them again you still have the cop working for you that BUSTED your hubby, can you say “i fuck up”?