The MPAA recently went under fire for refusing to lower the rating of Harvey Weinstein documentary Bully from R to PG-13. Now popular movie critic Richard Roeper is calling out the group.
Roeper cites Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and The Hunger Games as examples in inconsistent ratings by the MPAA:
After an excruciating labor, Bella gives birth to a baby girl but seemingly dies in the process. But after Edward injects her heart with his own venom, a red-eyed Bella jumps to life. She’s a vampire!
The Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings board gave “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” a PG-13 rating, despite all the violence and weirdness and blood guzzling. Now if the vampires had started dropping f-bombs or if we’d seen Bella’s boobs — well, that would have been a different story. That would have led to an instant “R” rating.
Inconsistency. Hypocrisy. More leniency for violence than sex. These are the hallmarks of the MPAA ratings process.
“The Hunger Games,” a fictional story of teenagers forced to kill one another, gets a rating of PG-13.
And then he slams the MPAA:
Of all the narrow-minded, out-of-touch, obstinate ratings decisions made by the MPAA over the years, giving “Bully” an R might just be the dopiest. Lee Hirsch’s documentary that focuses on a handful of bullied teens was rated R because some of the subjects of the movie use profanities.
In other words, the very kids who are featured in “Bully” wouldn’t be able to see “Bully” without an adult guardian because of words they already know and use. This is a film that should be seen by every junior high school student in America, yet the MPAA is saying those kids should be shielded from a couple of f-bombs.
You can read his entire piece on the Chicago Sun Times.
We’re definitely interested in seeing Bully and forming our own opinion on what rating this film should’ve received.