Malaysian cinema followers will be unable to see the broadly beloved new Jennifer Lopez crime thriller Hustlers, because the nation’s classification physique has banned the movie.
Native distributors Sq. Field Footage confirmed the information on Instagram and apologised to followers who had been wanting ahead to the movie’s launch.
The Movie Censorship Board of Malaysia has not but issued an official assertion on the ban.
Within the UK, the movie has been given a 15 certificates by the BBFC for “sexualised nudity, sturdy intercourse references, language and drug misuse”.
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Based mostly on a viral journal article, Hustlers follows a gaggle of strippers struggling for work within the aftermath of the monetary disaster who determine to make some further money by drugging rich shoppers and maxing out their bank cards.
Lopez performs the seasoned stripper and charismatic centre of the gang, whereas Constance Wu portrays her greatest pal — the enterprise mind of the group.
Malaysia has a historical past of censorship relating to movies with nudity and sexual content material, having reduce homosexual intercourse scenes from Rocketman earlier this yr and banned Fifty Shades of Grey in 2015.
Different movies to have been banned within the nation for sexual content material embody The Wolf of Wall Road and the 2014 Cameron Diaz comedy Intercourse Tape.
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Sq. Field Footage wrote: “We remorse to tell you that Hustlers film launch has been cancelled because it has been banned in Malaysia.
“We deeply apologise for the inconveniences prompted to our beloved followers, followers of the film, medias and companions.
“We actually recognize all of the love and assist from our followers and film lovers for this title; but it’s our loss that we’re unable to hold on.
“Our honest apologies that we’ve allow you to down.”
Hustlers has turn into one of the talked about movies on the planet because it premiered on the competition circuit, with Oscar buzz shortly solidifying round Lopez’s efficiency.
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The film additionally options transient appearances from music sensations Lizzo and Cardi B.
Hustlers opened with $33m (£26.5m) on the US field workplace in its opening weekend, which is the most important live-action debut of Lopez’s profession.