Ratings Board Upholds 'Killer Joe's' NC-17 Rating

Killer Joe - Movie Still - H - 2011

William Friedkin's drama stars Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon.

The appeals board of the Classification and Ratings Administration has upheld the NC-17 rating assigned to director William Friedkin's drama Killer Joe for "graphic aberrant content" involving violence and sexuality, as well as a scene of brutality.

Killer Joe stars Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Gina Gershon, Thomas Haden Church and Juno Temple.

Written by Pulitzer prizewinner Tracy Letts, Killer Joe is about a killer who befriends a young man who wants his mother murdered.

Killer Joe was acquired by Mickey Liddell's distribution company LD Entertainment after making playing at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals last fall.

At Wednesday's appeals hearing, LD Entertainment president David Dinerstein and Letts both gave statements, while CARA was represented by chairman Joan Graves.