Tim Stack
March 30, 2009 AT 09:57 PM EDT

An early cut of Bruno, the new comedy from Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen that opens July 10, has earned a preliminary NC-17 rating, The Wrap is reporting and EW has confirmed. The movie apparently received the adults-only rating due to its graphic sexual content. An MPAA spokesperson would say only that ratings assignments are a multi-step endeavor and that “filmmakers, if they choose, can make cuts [after a preliminary ruling] to get the rating they want. And there’s also an appeals process.” A spokesman for the film’s studio, Universal, said simply that “the process of rating Bruno is only in its earliest stages and the film has not yet been rated.”

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