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The Ratings Fight Over ‘Bully’

The Ratings Fight Over ‘Bully’

The Weinstein Company this morning lost a key battle with the MPAA over the former’s new documentary, Bully.

TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein and one of the bullied children in the film, Alex Libby, delivered statements to the MPAA’s Classification and Rating Appeals Board today, arguing that an R rating would prevent Bully from reaching the adolescent audience that would most benefit from the movie.

This looks to be an emotionally charged film, and I don’t doubt the experience of watching it is intense. But is it intense in the same way the identically-rated Saw VI is intense? Probably not. The MPAA’s esoteric rating process has come under fire many times before — the linked article’s mention of Blue Valentine’s baffling R rating is only one example — but this latest flap seems particularly sad given the real-life people involved.

R rating or not, Bully hits theaters March 30.

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