Rated X (2000)

TV Movie   |  R   |    |  Biography, Drama

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Biopic of notorious Mitchell Brothers who opened up a successful San Francisco strip club and thriving porn business that lead to a downward spiral of power and greed.


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21 September 2001 | Tinyhippy
| Interesting behind-the-scenes look at porn industry
Although this film has an off-putting title, people may actually be quite surprised at the content. Yes, it is about the porn industry, but has other subjects and deeper meanings. The Mitchell brothers (Sheen and Estevez) are in business together as San Francisco's porn kings. Controversy follows as the general public do not approve of them. Apart from the frequent sex scenes at the beginning of the movie, this film escalates into a deeper subject of family feuds. You find that you don't particularly like the characters, but are still interested in what happens to them. It is a rather sad ending. The film, in it's directorial aspect, is very well done.

Although not the best film Estevez has directed, I was glad to have seen it.

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Did You Know?


Director Emilio Estevez's first choice to play the Film Professor was James Lipton, but because of the Toronto location shoot and Lipton's Inside the Actors Studio (1994) schedule, the role ultimately went to Peter Bogdanovich.


Lionel: Art, what the hell are you looking for?
Artie Mitchell: The blow. The blow The blow!


When Jim is driving to Artie's place at the end of the film, when he leaves his house, it is pouring rain, and when he arrives at Artie's it is pouring rain, but between these two shots, there is a high altitude shot of his car on the Golden Gate Bridge, and not only is it not raining, but the ground is clearly not even wet.

Alternate Versions

There are two versions of the film available. The 'Unrated Version' is the cut first submitted by Emilio Estevez to the MPAA, who told him that unless he cut out 54 seconds, it would receive an NC-17 rating. Estevez made the requisite cuts, resulting in a 'R-rated Version', which was the one shown on TV in 2000. Both versions are now available on DVD. The main differences between the two versions are:

  • During the first porn shoot, in the unrated version, the camera moves across a naked couple having anal sex on a bed and towards Jim (Emilio Estevez) and Lionel (Rafer Weigel) as they discuss the possibility that the scene may be out of focus. In the rated version, the shot begins on the far side of the couple, and then cuts to a mid shot of Jim and Lionel, thus removing the move over the bed itself.
  • During the long Steadicam shot through the live sex show on opening night, there is a clear shot of two girls performing cunnilingus on one another on the bar. In the edited version, the girls can only be seen very briefly in the background.


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Written by T. Bates, P. Messina
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Biography | Drama

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