The King’s Speech may have won Best Picture, but apparently it’s still a controversial firebrand of illicit content. Yup, the movie in which the King of England says the F-word a bunch of times was just too hot to handle, so The Weinstein Company has re-edited the film to change all those naught F-bombs into ‘harmless’ S-bombs. We reported on this two months ago, and frankly by bringing that pathetic news to light we thought we could have contributed to Harvey Weinstein leaving well enough alone. Alas, Hollywood Reporter reports that well enough just isn’t enough for, welll… Harvey Weinstein. Starting Friday, April 1st, the only version of The King’s Speech in theaters will by the PG-13, edited version that nobody who made the film likes. Won’t somebody please think of the children(‘s money)?!
Eric Lomis, President of The Weinstein Company’s Theatrical Distribution and Home Entertainment, is certainly thinking about it, stating: "We are thankful to the MPAA for their wisdom* and swift action in approving the release of The King’s Speech PG-13 release… The action enables those to whom it speaks most directly – young people who are troubled by stuttering, bullying and similar trials – to see it." Geez… The movie about British people talking in rooms has already made $130 million in the United States alone. How much more money do you think you can wring from this? And even if your intentions really are noble – not that we buy it, but just supposing – do you really think young kids of any kind are likely to sympathize with the plight of one of the world’s richest, most powerful people who can afford to have a private speech therapist on call 24/7?
The one amusing part of this: We get to look forward to a DVD/Blu-Ray release with the words "R-rated Director’s Cut!‘ emblazoned on the cover. Or better yet, "The King’s Speech: The Version They Didn’t Want You To See!" We like that one. Maybe they can splice in some of Helena Bonham Carter’s nude footage from The Wings of the Dove just to sweeten the deal. I mean heck, they already have an R-rating. Why not go nuts with it?
Crave Online would be back with more King’s Speech news if we weren’t kind of disgusted by this.
*First time anybody’s ever said that…