‘Sexually explicit’ ‘Nymphomaniac’ trailer shown at ‘Frozen’ screening in Florida?
A “sexually explicit” scene was accidentally shown to adults and children attending a screening of the Walt Disney Studios’ box office hit Frozen, an animated kiddie flick featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff. Well, at least that’s reportedly what took place in early December at a Regal Cinemas Park Place Stadium 16 theater in Pinellas Park, Florida.
But what was this “sexually explicit” scene? Something out of an NC-17 version of Frozen showing Anna making out with Elsa?
Well, before we go there, bear in mind that what’s usually described in the U.S. media as “sexually explicit” movie content actually refers to movie sex that’s anything but explicit. It’s just (sexually repressed?) people with lots of (kinky?) imagination, seeing body parts that aren’t quite there.
That doesn’t look like Mickey
So, what happened?
Due to “technical difficulties,” before Frozen was to have provided some Family Friendly Fun, the Pinellas Park movie theater in question decided to show a Mickey Mouse cartoon, which may or may not have been Steamboat Willie, which may or may not have been properly copyrighted by the Walt Disney Studios. But that’s another story.
The story here is that, as Regal Entertainment Group vice president of marketing and communications Russ Nunley explained in a statement, “In an isolated incident, an erroneously programmed ‘R-rated’ feature did start Friday evening in one auditorium at Park Place. Less than two minutes of this incorrect movie was shown before it was stopped.”
Anna does ‘Dallas’?
In other words: For a short while, instead of Disney’s pathologically asexual Mickey, Frozen moviegoers were treated to what may have been a (three-way) sex scene from Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club, a generally well-received drama about AIDS patients rebelling against the obscene (though not sexually explicit) drug conglomerates and their U.S. government stooge (that’s the FDA).
(Fake?) explicit sex split second?
Now here’s the juicy (albeit way less likely) Frozen Florida story that has been reported as fact by publications that should know better (e.g., The Guardian, The Independent):
The Frozen crowd may have gotten the chance to check out the ice-melting red band trailer – pure hyperbole, but that’s serious journalism 21st century-style – of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Vol. I, which does feature one split second of what looks like explicit sex. (In all honesty, it’s impossible to tell whether that blink-and-it’s-gone penis is real or fake.)
Shia LaBeouf and Stacy Martin are the performing actors, with body doubles doing the below the waist stuff.
Either way, whether they inadvertently found themselves watching Dallas Buyers Club, Nymphomaniac, or The Birds, the Bees and the Italians, screaming parents and children fled for their lives.
Needless to say, these explicit sex stories can get a wee bit sensational. And never mind the fact that the Nymphomaniac red band trailer – which, by the way, is mostly free of sex, explicit or otherwise – lasts less than two minutes.
Indeed, the Nymphomaniac story seems to be nothing more than a(n online?) rumor/joke that some have chosen to take seriously for click-baiting reasons.
But rest assured that rumor or fact, the theater management has taken control of things by offering free tickets to those permanently scarred by what they saw, be it Dallas Buyers Club‘s threesome sex or Nymphomaniac‘s lone penis.
Update: U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures has denied sending out the red band Nymphomaniac trailer to U.S. theaters. One assumes that should take care of this particular rumor.
‘Nymphomaniac’ trailer: The red band version
Now, if offended by movie sex or sex in general, don’t watch the Nymphomaniac trailer below.
But then again, why not? After all, much like Frozen, Nymphomaniac is a Christmas Movie. Both films open in Copenhagen on Christmas Day 2013.
Charlotte Gainsbourg, also seen in Lars von Trier’s Antichrist.
Jamie Bell, the former Billy Elliot now all grown up.
Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction, 1994).
Two-time Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (Platoon, 1986; Shadow of the Vampire, 2000), who also happens to be another Antichrist alumnus.
Christian Slater. Mia Goth. Sophie Kennedy Clark. Connie Nielsen. Udo Kier.
Regular von Trier collaborators Jean-Marc Barr and Stellan Skarsgård.
Nymphomaniac trailer: Red band features “sexually explicit” – and totally fake? – penis.
‘Frozen’ & ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ cast
Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, and starring the voices of the aforementioned Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff, the Frozen voice cast also includes:
Idina Menzel. Josh Gad. Santino Fontana. Alan Tudyk. Ciarán Hinds. Chris Williams.
Besides Jared Leto, the Dallas Buyers Club cast includes:
Matthew McConaughey. Jennifer Garner. Denis O’Hare. Steve Zahn. Michael O’Neill. Dallas Roberts. Kevin Rankin.
Veteran Griffin Dunne (An American Werewolf in London, After Hours).
And for the record, The Birds, the Bees and the Italians / Signore & signori was a Palme d’Or co-winning* 1966 comedy directed by Pietro Germi. In the cast:
Virna Lisi. Gastone Moschin. Franco Fabrizi. Alberto Lionello. Beba Loncar. Nora Ricci.
Magnolia Pictures website.
Stacy Martin and Shia LaBeouf Nymphomaniac trailer, plus LaBeouf character poster: Magnolia Pictures.
“Nymphomaniac Trailer: ‘Sexually Explicit’ Scene Horrifies Frozen Moviegoers?” last updated in July 2018.