Schwimmer loses battle over Trust rating

David Schwimmer has lost his appeal against the ‘R’ rating given to his latest film, Trust, so under 17s will have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Earlier this month it was announced that the most recent film to be directed by the ex-Friends star has been awarded an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). The decision was a blow to those involved in the film, as such high ratings can have a notoriously detrimental effect on a film’s box office ratings.

Schwimmer chose to appeal the decision and was reported to have stated that “there is no nudity, no overt sexuality other that 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.”

Trust tells the story of a 14-year old girl, played by Liana Liberato, who is targeted by an sexual predator over the internet. It also documents her family’s struggle to cope after she is attacked. The girl’s parents are played by Clive Owen who we last saw starring opposite Julia Roberts in 2009’s Duplicity and Capote‘s Catherine Keener.

However, the Classification and Rating Appeals Board have reportedly reject the appeal, and kept the rating citing disturbing content.

This will have undoubtedly come as something as a disappointment, especially after Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine had its rating re-issued after a similar appeal earlier this year.

This film is certainly something very different from Schwimmer, whose last directorial effort was the 2007 comedy, Run Fatboy Run, starring Simon Pegg. However, we’re certainly looking forward to seeing it – those of us who are old enough are, anyway.

Trust is yet to be given a UK release date, but is expected to reach cinemas around Easter next year.

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