Partially thanks to Care2 members, who signed the petition started by the film’s director, the MPAA have changed their minds and agreed to a PG-13 for a slightly re-cut version, which means that the film can now been freely shown in high schools, to one of its target audiences.
The film was produced by the powerful Weinstein Company and they have been organizing a media blitz against the MPAA for their original decision.
The MPAA had offered to give it a different rating if swearing was removed — much of which was contained in one crucial scene on a school bus — but producers refused, saying that the swearing is in line with the abuse experienced by children across the US on a daily basis. The re-cut version leaves the most F-word laden but also most powerful scene intact.
Before the MPAA reversal, one theatre chain, AMC Theaters, had broken with the industry and said that would allow in those under 17, with a note from their parents or guardian.
Author Paul Levinson tells the Christian Science Monitor that the controversy has focused unwanted attention on the ratings system itself.
“Putting anything in the way of kids seeing this movie – kids who could well be victims of bullying themselves – was not only foolish but destructive,” he said.
But not everyone is pleased. Right-wing group The Parents Television Council (PTC) criticised the reversal, citing that profanity was not entirely cut from the film which will go into wide distribution later this month.
Thanks, Care2 members, for helping kids to be able to see this important film.
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