Were you one of the numerous theater-goers who were upset with the level of sex in Fifty Shades of Grey, the movie that’s all about sex? Well, imagine being a patron in Vietnam and receiving an even less sexy version of the film.
Wait, less sexy? The American version was already toned down.
Yeah, well the Vietnam release was even more so. How much, you may ask? Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Vietnam release contained, count ‘em, zero (0) sex scenes. None. Nada. Negatory. Zip. Zilch. The ultimate goose egg.
Seriously? No sex? Like, at all?
Nope. For whatever reason, the powers that be felt that the theatrical release of Fifty Shades of Grey was far too racy to be viewed by the Vietnamese public and cut out all of the sex, leaving the movie with nothing more than its stellar scriptwriting and phenomenal characters.
So, how did Vietnamese fans take the editing?
Oh, they were mad as all get-out. I mean, the movie was hyped like crazy in Vietnam and the fact that it was outright banned in Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia only made the Vietnamese want to see it even more. Can you blame them? That’s like the ultimate display of rebellious freedom. In the history of the world, banning things usually just makes people want them more.
Moviegoer Xuan Thao was exceptionally excited to see what all the hype was about. Then he saw the edited film.
“It’s totally ridiculous,” said Xuan, “This version is rated 16+, but it doesn’t need an age restriction; a five-year-old could watch it. Even the trailer was sexier. They’d have been better banning it altogether.”
The trailer was sexier than the movie?
Naturally, because the trailer for the movie was just the same trailer everyone else saw. It literally advertised sex scenes to Vietnamese moviegoers that they weren’t going to get.
So, it’s probably not doing too well in Vietnam then.
That kind of goes without saying. The edited Fifty Shades of Grey has received such bad press in Vietnam for blindsiding folks with falsely advertised sex that wasn’t there and bad cuts that many theaters over there have pulled it altogether.