I'm not sure if this is a coincidence or what but on the day the trailer was released for the acclaimed Blue Valentine it was also hit with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA. Mike Fleming over at Deadline Daily suggests it is due to a single scene. He says,
"I'm told the rating was given for a scene in which the characters played by Gosling and Williams try to save their crumbling marriage by spending a night away in a hotel. They get drunk and their problems intensify when he wants to have sex and she doesn't, but will to get him off her back."
The film has make the rounds at the festival circuit including Sundance, Cannes and Toronto and there has been virtually nothing written about it being controversial so this rating comes as a surprise. Surely Harvey Weinstein and company will contest this odd rating and it should get knocked down to an R. Regardless I will be catching this at the soonest New York screening as the work of Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams has been championed all year.