‘Marriage 2.0’ Receives NC-17 Rating From MPAA

LOS ANGELES — An edited version of the "indie hardcore" film “Marriage 2.0” has received an NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America’s Classification and Rating Administration, paving the way for the film to reach a broader audience.

Produced by LionReach Productions and distributed by Adam & Eve, “Marriage 2.0” weaves sexual performances from adult stars into a mature narrative concerning modern relationships and the novel emotional/sexual permutations therein.  

The rating, which bars children 17 and under from being admitted, allows for the film to be viewed by a larger audience than would have been possible under an X rating, and is generally reserved for mainstream motion pictures with adult or explicit content.

“We are very pleased with the NC-17 rating from the MPAA. It’s an affirmation of our mission of producing an independent film that contains explicit sex, but is driven by dramatic narrative,” said Magnus Sullivan, “Marriage 2.0” screenwriter and producer. “‘Marriage 2.0’ is a new kind of film, bridging adult and mainstream cinema. It’s truly a marriage of independent cinema and adult films that creates a realistic and compelling story about a couple searching to redefine the model for a ‘successful’ relationship.”

To watch the trailer on IndieWire.com, click here.

Under MPAA rules, the NC-17 rating requires the filmmakers to exhibit the version of the film submitted to the organization. They must also submit all advertising and publicity materials to the MPAA for approval. Finally, the rating must be displayed on all prints of the film and on all publicity, advertising and press materials.

Gareth May, a contributing writer for British lifestyle and culture site TheDebrief.co.uk, described “Marriage 2.0” as “a potential game changer for the porn industry.” May wrote, “There are some great performances in the movie. India Summer especially excels, and Nina Hartley’s brief role shows she clearly has comedic timing and talent.”

“The movie is most remarkable for its limited use of hardcore sex…’Marriage 2.0’ is a very different kind of porn film,” added May.

“Marriage 2.0” stars India Summer, Ryan Driller, Dylan Ryan, Nina Hartley and Mickey Mod, along with appearances from sex and relationship experts like Emily Morse and Reid Mihalko. The film follows a couple (Summer and Driller) on their search for personal freedom, as well as emotional and sexual bliss, within the context of an committed, honest modern relationship.

The unrated version of the film, which received the Best Narrative award at New York’s CineKink Film Festival last week, premiered Feb. 26 on AdamandEveTV.com, an Adam & Eve property powered by GameLink.com.

For more information, visit Marriage2point0movie.com.