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Briefly: Back in February we reported that head honcho of The Weinstein Co. Harvey Weinstein was considering boycotting the MPAA after Bully, one of his documentaries, was given an R-rating by the ratings company. The Weinstein Company has now released a statement saying that the bullying documentary will, in fact, be released “unrated,” following an unsuccessful appeals campaign.

From the official press release:

March 26, 2012 – New York, NY – After a recent plea to the MPAA by BULLY teen Alex Libby and The Weinstein Company (TWC) Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein failed – by one vote – to get the film its deserved PG-13 rating, TWC is choosing to move forward with releasing the film unrated by the MPAA on March 30. BULLY will be released in theaters on Friday, March 30th in New York at the Angelika Film Center and AMC Lincoln Square and in Los Angeles at The Landmark, ArcLight Hollywood and AMC Century City.

It will be interesting to see whether other studios follow suit with this tactic. What do you think? Do MPAA ratings really matter all that much to you?

  • upper_westsider

    Does “unrated” mean any age can see it?

    • http://www.rebellionradiopodcast.com Hurley

      Yeah, exactly what I was wondering. If not, how does this help the cause that everybody should see it?

    • Katelyn

      It means that most theaters probably won’t carry the movie.  Most theater chains treat unrated movies as NC-17…but I don’t know how that’s going to pan out for this one.  

      • upper_westsider

         Sorry to hear that.  The MPAA seems to have total control.

  • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

    I think the MPAA ratings need to be updated. A lot of movies are being rated R for such minor [in the long run] things. The MPAA just sees movies as a checklist of things, and fails to recognize the actual content and context. OH IT HAS SWEARING LET’S MAKE IT RATED R, despite the fact that it’s a documentary that shows the honest truth in school-age bullying. The kids themselves are using this language! It’s important to treat them with a bit more respect and give them more credit.

    So glad I live in Canada lol

  • Liderc

    MPAA is a bit of a joke.  Kids watch more “Rated R” material on the news than they ever have at the theater.  If you’re 13, you should be able to watch anything they’ll release in a theater. 

  • sibvsega

    i think america should adopt canada’s rating system!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

    %$@*! This message is rated R for due for foul language used to describe the MPAA

  • Katelyn

    When the Saw series and The King’s Speech get the same rating, you know there’s something wrong with the system. 

    • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

      lol more reason why the MPAA sucks.  “The King’s Speech” was also rated PG in Canada, whilst the Saw series was rated 18A. HUGE DIFFERENCE.

      lol I think the first Saw might’ve actually been 14A, but I can’t find anything to support that.

  • jordan.d

    I think it is a shame that they refused to give it a PG-13, especially if it is for language. The language being used in the documentary is used by kids under the age of 17, so the argument that kids under the age of 17 shouldn’t see it is ridiculous.

  • Nlleigh

    This is a movie everyone, especially schoolkids should see. We will certainly book it, despite no rating. 

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