In a story that sounds conversely like something out of The Onion or a grave first amendment scandal depending on where you sit, a Utah movie theater that bills itself as a home for films and beer is being threatened to lose its liquor license all because it screened Fox’s Marvel Comics adaptation “Deadpool.”
Salt Lake City’s Fox 13 local newscast covered the story, noting that by state law it is illegal to show nudity or sex acts and serve alcohol in one spot.
In what can be described as an undercover op or the weirdest spoiler-filled review ever, two police officers attended a screening of “Deadpool” at the movie house called Brewvies and compiled a report of everything that was objectionable. “The main character (male) in the film is shown numerous times engaging in acts or simulated acts of sexual intercourse with the female counterpart during a holiday themed sex-montage,” wrote one officer while the other added. “An example of this is during ‘International Women’s Day’ Vanessa looks to be sodomizing Wade in their bed. Later in the movie, Wade gets into a fight with another character – Ajax played by Ed Skrein. During the fight, Wade’s clothing comes off. Wade shows full frontal nudity during the fight scene.”
For their part the Brewvies owners have vowed to sue in federal court over their first amendment rights after having been written up for a violation that could suspend their liquor license for 10 days or revoke it and draw fines ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.
“This isn’t supposed to be the Taliban,” Brewvies lawyer Rocky Anderson said of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. “This is supposed to be a state agency!”
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