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    13 Films That Escaped An NC-17 Rating And How They Pulled It Off

    So much editing!

    What is an NC-17 rating for a movie? According to the Motion Picture Association (MPA), it means "no one seventeen and under admitted."

    NC-17 rating screen

    The most recent example of an NC-17 rating is the controversial Netflix movie Blonde, and only about 80 US movies have ever received the rare rating.

    Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe in the movie Blonde

    Some theaters won't even show NC-17 movies. If you listen closely after a film lands an NC-17 rating, you can hear all that studio money burning away and an executive producer punching the air.

    So, I gathered 13 movies that were almost NC-17, but with the magic of editing and that handy-dandy delete button, avoided the dreaded rating:

    🚨Content warning: This post contains mentions of rape and violence.🚨

    1. Scream

    Drew Barrymore on the phone

    2. American Pie

    Father enters a room and looks shocked

    3. American Psycho

    Christian Bale smiles while waiting to see Paul Allen's business card

    4. Spiral

    Chris Rock looks concerned

    5. The Boondock Saints

    Boondock Saints brothers hold guns while praying

    6. Pulp Fiction

    John Travolta dancing in a groovy way

    7. Kill Bill: Vol I

    The Bride wields a samurai sword

    8. Sausage Party

    Animated hot dogs look freaked out

    9. Basic Instinct

    Sharon Stone sits with her legs crossed

    10. The Godfather: Part III

    Al Pacino as Michael Corleone

    11. Casino

    Joe Pesci yells at Robert De Niro in a desert

    12. Law Abiding Citizen

    Jamie Foxx listens intently

    13. Blue Valentine

    Ryan Gosling looks off into the distance

    Did any of these surprise you? Would an NC-17 rating turn you away from watching a movie? Comment below!