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Cohen Faces NC-17 Rating

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Mar 30, 2009 | 9:31am EDT

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's racy new film Bruno is facing an adults-only certification -- amid fears that it may be too sexually explicit for young viewers.

The film's first review by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) panel has resulted in the restricted NC-17 rating, which would prevent anyone under the age of 17 from seeing the movie, according to TheWrap.com.

The movie is a follow-up to Cohen's cult hit Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, and follows his outrageous Austrian fashion-forward character Bruno as he attempts to make it big in Hollywood.

Ratings officials are reportedly concerned over several sexually explicit scenes, including one where Cohen's character engages in what appears to be anal sex with another man.

Confirming the rating, a spokesperson for movie studio Universal adds, "On its first submission the film did not receive an R [rating], but it is far too early to say that there is any struggle to get there, as the process is only at its inception."

Bruno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt is expected to be released in July.

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