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Mike Fleming is reporting at Deadline that the MPAA has overturned the NC-17 rating originally given to Derek Cianfrane‘s Blue Valentine.

The film will be given an R rating. The appeals board was unanimous in its decision.

Blue Valentine chronicles the budding relationship of a couple, played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, and its eventual collapse. The MPAA originally gave the film an NC-17 rating for a scene they deemed too sexual in nature. The ruling sent shock waves through the movie industry and led to the film’s distributor, The Weinstein Company, filing an appeal which included, Fleming says, Harvey Weinstein personally arguing his position in the hearing.

The Weinstein Company will release the film Dec. 31 in limited release.

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