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Old 09-30-11, 06:06 PM
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Movie Theater fined for showing 'Hangover 2'

‘The Hangover Part II’ runs afoul of Utah’s liquor laws

It wasn’t patrons at Brewvies Cinema Pub in Salt Lake City that drew a $1,627 fine for "attire and conduct" violations.

It was the movie.

The offending film is "Hangover Part II," among the highest-grossing R-rated movies of all time.

On Thursday, Utah liquor-control commissioners approved the fine against Brewvies, which was $400 more than the penalty levied against a restaurant cited for serving alcohol to a minor.

"I’m struggling with the concept that an adult beverage may be served but an adult movie cannot be shown at the same time," said newly appointed commissioner Constance White.

Assistant Attorney General Sheila Page acknowledged that alcohol-free theaters also showed the film, which opened in Salt Lake County over the Memorial Day weekend. But those theaters do not fall under Utah’s liquor statutes, which forbid bars and clubs from showing images of certain sex acts and full frontal nudity.

"Hangover Part II," about four men attending a wedding in Thailand, is rated R for strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images.

Scenes that ran afoul of Utah’s liquor laws show full female, male and transvestite nudity. Other culpable scenes show the photo of a sex act in the movie’s credits, and a monkey chewing on a plastic water bottle strategically placed beneath a monk’s robes, state officials said.

Violations are deemed grave, carrying the harshest penalties that can be levied by the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Repeat violators may be fined as much as $25,000, and their liquor permits suspended for up to 10 days.

Commissioner David Gladwell said he had concerns with the "grave" offense levied against Brewvies. He noted that Jam in the Marmalade restaurant was slapped with a lesser "serious" offense involving service to an underage drinker.

The Utah Highway Patrol’s liquor enforcement team conducted the sting against Brewvies in June at the request of the liquor-control department, said UHP spokesman Dwayne Baird. The liquor department’s request was based on a complaint by a strip club that it had been cited for sexually explicit violations while Brewvies was getting away with showing equally explicit films.

"We had no choice but to cite Brewvies because liquor is served there," said Baird. "We had to go with what the Utah statutes say."

Brewvies, located at 677 S. 200 West, admits patrons no younger than 21. Moviegoers must show identification at the door.

When the theater opened in February 1997, it served only 3.2 beer. Brewvies was licensed to serve beer, wine and spirits in September 2009. This is its first violation.

"We don’t want to shake up anything," said Brewvies manager Andy Murphy. "We are happy and willing to comply with all of Utah’s liquor laws. And that’s all I have to say about this."

Movies now playing at Brewvies are "Cowboys & Aliens," and "Contagion," both rated PG-13, and "Our Idiot Brother," which is rated R.

This state has become a parody of itself.

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Old 09-30-11, 06:09 PM
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Re: Movie Theater fined for showing 'Hangover 2'

I'm all for fining the producers of that movie.
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Sounds like they've got a lot of whiny bitches at that strip club.
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simply moronic. Sounds like an abuse of law and should be fought. Bunch of tards in Utah.
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Explicit films versus strip clubs. Hilarious.
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Remember, strip clubs, no one likes a tattle-tale.

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