The Bully Project will be distributed unrated
The Weinstein Company tried a lot in order to get the initial R-rating for their documentary The Bully Project revoked in favor of a PG-13 which would have enabled more teenagers to see it. In the end, they even found support by US congress and a petition with over 500.000 signatures.
The MPAA stood by its decision, though. Too many curse words were the reason that minors under the age of 17 can not see it without parental guidance.
Harvey Weinstein announced that if the rating wasn't changed, he'd distribute the film unrated and run it in theaters without the MPAA's already given R rating. Firstly (and quite common for limited releases), the film will start in Los Angeles and New York first on March 30th, 2012. Other cities are to follow but that surely depends on the film's success, as well.
Normally, the ratings are a self-commitment of the theater owners, meaning that the decision whether they let teenagers view unrated films is dependent on a case-by-case basis. The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), which owns many cinemas, did already make clear, though, that they'll handle The Bully Project like an NC-17 movie if the Weinsteins were to distribute it unrated. This puts a somewhat unsatisfying end to the little rating oddyssey that evolved around a documentary that aimed at informing and reaching out to teenagers that is - at least for now - very rarely viewable for them.
Release: Mar 29, 2012 - Author: Doc Idaho - Translator: Mike Lowrey
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