L.I.E. (2001)
The Motion Picture Association of America’s bullshit ratings system is completely subjective and inconsistent, but we’re not surprised that it spanked the dreaded NC-17 on Michael Cuesta’s directorial debut. In the film, Brian Cox plays Big John, a sympathetic gay pedophile who befriends and fathers a lonely 15-year-old boy (Paul Dano) following his mom’s death and his shady dad’s imprisonment. The fact that John appears to only have sex with receptive children probably didn’t help the film's cause. It’s much easier to sleep at night when you know for sure that pedophiles are monsters (assuming those monsters are not lurking under your bed).