The Hangover censorship controversy answered!

Ask and you shall receive! Yesterday we reported the exclusion of a raunchy shot from the Australian cut of The Hangover. Today we bring you the reason for the controversial edit!

The risqué shot occurs during the end credits, but was blurred out when it appeared on screen. I won’t reveal the contents of the shot, but if I tell you it involves an elevator and a prosthetic penis, you can probably put two and two together.

A representative at Roadshow Films (with a sense of humour, thank God) informed me that it was the studio’s decision to cut the shot. Keeping the image would have increased the film’s MA15+ rating to an R18+.

In America (where the shot remains fully visible), the picture is rated R. This means anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

The Australian R rating restricts anyone from under the age of 18 from entering the cinema. Meanwhile, an Australian MA rating means anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult or parent guardian. Confused yet?

BASICALLY, the Office of Literature and Classification must have informed Roadshow that The Hangover would be rated R18+ if that particular shot remained in the picture. Considering a large portion of the film’s audience would most likely be boys aged 15-21, it would have been a massive blow to the grosses to restrict those under the age of 18. Therefore, the shot was cut and an MA rating was approved.

I completely sympathise with Roadshow’s decision to edit the shot, but I can’t help but feel slightly embarrassed as an Australian. I mean, I thought Americans were supposed to be the prudes, not us! Damn you OFLC!

At least we can now put this issue to rest. That is, until the DVD comes out with the shot intact. They owe us that much.

So, do I call the Pulitzer Prize people, or do they contact me?

Discuss: In an MA15+ film you can watch a man cut off his own foot, but you can’t enjoy the sight of Zach Galifianakis ******* * **** *** in an elevator. Just saying is all…

One Response to “The Hangover censorship controversy answered!”

  1. You'll probably find that the reason could also be that Roadshow were able to purchase prints cheaper with the edited shot. There are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes that are not necessarily to do with censorship.

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