The makers of Reese Witherspoon's new movie HOW DO YOU KNOW are facing a race against time to re-edit the film for a planned Christmas (10) release, after regulators ruled there is too much swearing in the picture.
Columbia Pictures executives had hoped the romantic comedy, also starring Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson, would be given a PG-13 rating to allow teenagers to see the film over the festive season (10).
Last week (ends14Nov10), officials at America's Classification and Rating Appeals Board upheld the original R-rating, which would mean anyone aged 17 years old and under would need to be accompanied by an adult.
The ruling came because the word 'f**k' is used three times in the film - while usually only one use of the expletive is allowed in a PG-13.
Movie chiefs are now heading back to the editing suite to re-cut the movie in time for its intended 17 December (10) release in the U.S., according to Variety.com.