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David Schwimmer NOT Changing Controversial Scenes in 'Trust'

December 22, 2010 03:09:40 GMT

Despite denied a lower age limit by MPAA, the director continues to fight for more accessible range of age because he thinks the rating system is 'quite old'.


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David Schwimmer is refusing to alter his controversial new film "Trust" even if he loses his fight to secure the movie a lower age rating, insisting regulators need to update their "old" system. The "Friends" star steps behind the camera to direct Clive Owen and Catherine Keener in the harrowing film about a teenager lured to a motel for sex by an online predator old enough to be her father.

The swearing and adult themes landed the movie a restrictive R-rating in America, meaning viewers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Schwimmer and his team are fighting for a lower age rating to make the movie more accessible, and he is adamant he won't be pressured into making any changes.

He tells Deadline.com, "There is no nudity, no overt sexuality other than what needed to be implied for a scene in the hotel room where we learn that a rape took place. I think the scene was tastefully handled. The idea that Clive's character should respond by shouting 'Fiddlesticks' is just not real. Let's face it, kids have heard and seen it all."

And the actor/director insists he's frustrated by the way the industry is regulated, adding: "What I find frustrating is there are plenty of films that get PG-13 that are so violent. There is a double standard. You can't show nudity or hear the F-word, but you can show people being blown to bits and chopped up. Maybe a public forum will show that the ratings system needs to be updated to reflect the times. It is quite old."

"Trust" hits theaters in the U.S. on April 1, 2011.


 




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posted by Cre8ive4s on Feb 02, 2012
The film is honest in its' depiction of how social media and parents might fail to protect their innocent children from internet predators. It is a cautionary tale based in reality. Young people should see this film so that they are aware that these kinds of predators exist and will do whatever they can to victimize children. Add to that, the obvious lessons for parents, and the need to monitor your child's interactions to ensure safety. My deepest respect goes out to cast, crew and producers for accurately depicting this in a tasteful manner.
posted by Kiki on Dec 23, 2010
Whether or not the system needs an update, Schwimmer is living in a fantasyland if he thinks a film involving rape of a minor is getting a pg-13 rating.

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