Dec 1 2011 9:13am

Full Frontal Fassbender: Michael Fassbender’s NC-17 Shame

The Oscar buzz for Shame, and Michael Fassbender’s performance, is growing to a deafening din. Shame opens in select theaters on Friday. It could suffer, Oscar- and viewing-wise, because it’s got an NC-17 rating (Fassbender is full frontal).

“We’re not bad people; we just come from a bad place.”

Fassbender plays a sex addict, while Carey Mulligan appears as Fassbender’s “wayward sister” who comes to visit him in New York (and is also full frontal). If you have the chance, will you see it?

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Jay Ringelspaugh
1. jpwire
You video keeps telling my it's blocked by FOX on copyright grounds.
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
@jpwire Thanks for letting us know--I found and inserted another clip, hopefully this one will remain intact. Most of the clips around the web were similarly blocked.
Lynne Connolly
3. Lynne Connolly
Not really interested. Although I'm an avid romance reader, my film tastes are different, and I like fast action thrillers. "Casino Royale" with a few full-frontals, now that would be interesting.
Plus, it looks exploitative, rather than a film about sex addiction. Pretty people getting it on. Fine, if it's sold that way, but the trailer is titillating rather than "serious."

Check out "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" which has been out here in the UK and is due for a US release. Just great acting and the cast is mouthwatering. Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy?
Rakisha Kearns-White
4. BrooklynShoeBabe
1. Love, love, love, love Michael Fassbender. Never heard of him until I saw him in Jane Eyre (swoon, most favorite book & heroine ever!)

2. Saw X-Men First Class because it featured both James MacAvoy and Michael Fassbender. (Was I the only one hoping that Xavier and Magneto would kiss at the end?)

3. When I heard about Shame and A Dangerous Method, I knew I was going to see both of those movies based on plot description AND Fassbender alone. I didn't need no stinking trailer.

4. I saw Shame. I thought it was really good--quiet and excessive at the same time. Yes there's a whole lot of sex and full frontal nudity in this movie. For the first 20 minutes or so, it was titilating until it became too much. Like overindulging at an all you can eat joint, and that's when the movie sucks you in and I believe that was the point. That's when you realize what it is like to be a sexual addict. You keep watching, keep doing, keep upping the ante and then you become numb to it. You're hoping to get back that old feeling you had the first time you have sex every time you engage in another, freakier, crazier sexual encounter. Throw in the unexpected curveball to your barely-in-control facade, like the wonderful Carey Mulligan as Fassbender's equally messed up sister, you're suddenly freefalling to rock bottom. And that's what Shame really ends up being all about.

I remember when I first saw A Last Tango in Paris, I was really moved. All I kept hearing growing up as a kid and teen was all the sex in it and the scene with the butter. When I finally saw it, I realized it was about so much more. Trailers and commercials are deceiving.
Megan Frampton
5. MFrampton
@BrooklynShoeBabe: Thank you for giving your opinion! It so sounds up my alley. I never saw Last Tango, was always scared to because of the salacious content and potential squick. But I think I'm old enough to deal with it all now, and I'm gonna see Shame one way or another.
6. BrooklynShoeBabe
@MFrampton, take a friend with you like I did. You're going to definitely want somebody next to you to giggle with through the parts that squick you out the most. Think of the giggles as a release valve.
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