Last year an interesting documentary by Lee Hirsch called Bully hit the film festival circuit.
The movie is now looking to for general release in major cinemas.
The film took a hard stand against the current epidemic of bullying facing youth today. It featured real adolescents and its purpose is to reach out to that age group.
But there’s a big problem… most of these adolescents won’t be able to see the movie.
The MPAA has assessed the documentary with an R rating keeping it out of reach of its intended audience.
The reason for the R? Cussing–mostly used by the kids featured in the film.
The MPAA has a long history of maintaining their status quo as the dominant assessors of a movie’s content, rating films at their own discretion.
But should the Weinsteins withdraw from the rating system, it would leave the “unrated” Bully with a challenge.
Theaters aren’t too keen on showing unrated movies because it gives an impression the film’s content is worse than your standard “R” movie.
Do you think dropping a few too many F-bombs in a film is really essential? Or do you think it’s a lame reason to give films such a harsh rating? What do you think of the MPAA’s monopoly on movie ratings?