Meaghan Kirby
Updated Sep 19, 2017 @ 2:07 pm

Whether you’ve seen those terrifying trailers or have simply scrolled through Twitter, chances are you know exactly how divisive Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, Mother! has been. Unless you’ve actually seen the film, it’s hard to say what Mother! is about, but according to Aronofsky, the gruesome thriller is meant to be an allegory about how humans interact with earth.

Unfortunately, the brutal and horrific nature of the film (which caused star Jennifer Lawrence to require a “Kardashian Tent” to calm down between shoots) has left critics and fans shocked and many outraged, with CinemaScore going so far as to give the film an “F” rating.

But despite the flood of controversy surrounding the film, Paramount is standing by Mother! and it’s director. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the studio’s president of marketing and distribution, Megan Colligan, praised Aronofsky and his “bold” film.

While the film may shock and dismay many, many moviegoers, some of whom probably thought they were actually off to see Reese Witherspoon’s new rom-com Home Again (a film about a mother who takes in three younger men and maybe falls in love with one of them), Paramount is joining Jennifer Lawrence in defending the film as one that is rightfully not for everyone.

So there you have it. Filmgoers and critics may decide Mother! is not for them, but Paramount is standing behind Aronofsky and originality.