REPORT: Underage Boy Checks Out NC-17 Movie At Library, Gets In Trouble

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KING5 produced a video report on how a 14-year-old boy named Brandon Britton got in trouble with his parents when he checked out the NC-17 rated documentary “Inside Deep Throat” at the Burien Library.

According to KING5:

Brandon … looked up and reserved a movie called “Inside Deep Throat” without his parents’ knowledge or consent.

“I went over handed over my library card, asked if I had anything on hold, they scanned it and said you have this movie and this movie on hold,” said Britton.

Needless to say, his mother was upset. Documentary or not, she said there are parts a 14-year-old shouldn’t see.

“Nudity, full frontal, vagina, everything!” said his mother, Corrina Harper.

Here’s KING’s full report (see it online here):

Here’s a synopsis of the flick from Wikipedia:

Inside Deep Throat is a 2005 American documentary about the 1972 pornographic film Deep Throat and its effects on American society.

The film is narrated by Dennis Hopper. The documentary was written, produced, and directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and produced by Brian Grazer. It is a production of Imagine Entertainment, HBO Documentary Films, and World of Wonder, and distributed by Universal Pictures.

The film discusses how Deep Throat was actually distributed to theaters. Prints would be hand-delivered and employees would count heads of moviegoers and then collect the cash profits from the theaters. This process was known as sending “checkers and sweepers”.

It features scenes from the movie, news of the time and interviews, both from archive and purpose-made, with director Gerard Damiano, actor Harry Reems, actress Linda Lovelace, Gore Vidal, Larry Flynt, Hugh Hefner, John Waters, Erica Jong, a prosecutor, Reems’ defense, Mafia money collectors, and other people involved or just commenting on the film. Much of the material was compiled from approximately 800 hours of interview and archive footage collected by the filmmakers.

It was rated NC-17 by the Motion Picture Association of America for explicit sexual content; specifically, explicit excerpts from the original film. It was the first NC-17 film to be shown on HBO and it was the first film rated NC-17 to be released by Universal since Henry & June in 1990, which was the first film to receive the NC-17 rating. An edited version received an R rating for strong sexuality including graphic images, nudity and dialogue. In addition, Arrow Productions edited the original, pornographic version of Deep Throat to get an “R” rating, and also submitted the original for reclassification. Both versions were released theatrically in 2005, in a double-bill with this documentary.

Here’s a trailer for the film:

Here’s Ebert and Roeper’s review:

We’re wondering what YOU think – did the library make a mistake allowing this 14-year old to check out an NC-17 rated movie? Should KCLS censor who can check out what movies? Please take our poll, or leave a Comment below:

Should the King County Library censor materials to underage children?

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12 Responses to “REPORT: Underage Boy Checks Out NC-17 Movie At Library, Gets In Trouble”
  1. Sandiseattle says:

    I answered Yes to the poll, but I think such censoring should be limited. It makes sense to say a 14 yr old can’t check out a NC17 rated film.

  2. Keith says:

    “Nudity, full frontal, vagina,”

    If this mother doesn’t know the difference between a vagina and a vulva, then perhaps she shouldn’t be bitching about what her child gets access to.

    • elizabeth2 says:

      I believe that colloquially the mother uses the term absolutely correctly.
      The fact that you know and promote the difference is worse than anything you perceive she may have said.

  3. napavine says:

    I also heard that x-rated sites could be accessed at the KCLS. I plan to vote No on every library ballot issue forever. FBI should close them down for allowing underage ilegal activities. Close them all.

  4. Lisa says:

    I don’t get it. It is a federal crime to show pornography to a minor. I realize the librarian isn’t actually showing this film to kids, however, they are making it accessible to them. Is it then all right for Stan’s Video or Taboo Video to let your kid have a porno flick? Gee, I wonder what would happen and what the public reaction would be in that case.

    Though I realize it’s a censorship issue, if a librarian was to let my kid(wouldn’t happen because he doesn’t go unsupervised) have a porn video I would be on him/her like white on rice.

    • Lisa says:

      Let me revise my comment…it starts with the online hold system. There should be a way to have an alert on the account that prompts the librarian to check ID for this type of material on minor accounts only. It’s not censorship, it’s merely upholding federal laws already in place from what I can see.

  5. Louise says:

    *I believe* King County Library System already has a parental filter available for your minor’s library card. If a parent knows it exists, they can limit what movies a minor can check out based on rating. Although, books are not rated and there is a lot at the library I don’t want my young children to see.

    If it is illegal for a minor to watch an R rated movie (without parental consent), then it should also be illegal for them to rent one from Blockbuster, or check one out from the library.

  6. Eaton B. Verz says:

    It is up to the parents to supervise their children. Another case of blaming the babysitter. Be involved with your kids and it won’t happen. The online hold system allows parents to see what their kids are putting on hold, so pay attention mom/dad.

  7. Feraldog says:

    Seems to me I read where they edited it down to an “R” rated version,
    We older generation remember that movie and our memories of are probably different but our kids don`t so does it matter if it`s called deep throat now? R rated is R rated right,, or no? How many of you let your kids watch the Spartacus series?
    So let`s take a poll., how many of you parents out there DON`T let their 14 or 15 year old kids watch R rated?

  8. TcB says:

    Extreme Violence in Movies, Internet: Video of death, torture, hangings. “My kid? Ya sure he’s seen that. I don’t like it but what are you gonna do, ya know?”



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