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The boundaries of good taste are a very intangible thing, but there are some out there who protect those boundaries ferociously. Of course, there are also artists and innovators out there who are working to steadily subvert that sense of good taste by pushing the limit of their art into new and often unsettling places. Sometimes, ground-breaking artists like John Waters and Stanley Kubrick just push a little too hard, too fast. That’s when close-minded government types clamp down on innovation just because it sometimes comes with a little bit of the old ultra violence. And ultra sex. And sometimes torture. Of course, a solid X-rating isn’t the only reason that films get banned, but it doesn’t hurt. Sometimes, however, you’re just Claire Danes.

1. Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Comedy troop Monty Python put the institution of Christianity squarely in its sights when Life of Brian was released. The story of a bumbling moron who ends up becoming a messiah while chasing tail, Life of Brian may have been construed to paint the average messiah-following Christian as a bit dim-witted. As a result, the film was banned in Ireland and Norway, a fact Monty Python actually included in their posters for the film.

Life of Brian

2. The Interview

The Interview is the story of two dummies who score an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Before the little tyrant is incinerated (quite graphically) in a fireball, he’s painted as something of an off-balance megalomaniac. In spite of Randall Park’s inspired performance as Kim Jong-un, the comedy romp from Seth Rogen and pals is super duper banned in North Korea. In fact, the government of NK claimed that the movie promoted terrorism — whether that’s terrorism against North Korea or terrorism by North Korea because Kim Jong-un got his feelings hurt remains to be seen.


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