Following the controversy over the Motion Picture Association of America’s decision to give the “Bully” documentary an R rating, The Weinstein Co. has decided to keep it unrated for release. Such a decision means that technically anyone can see the film, but historically, many theater chains avoid screening films that aren’t rated by the MPAA.
“We believe theater owners everywhere will step up and do what’s right for the benefit of all of the children out there who have been bullied or may have otherwise become bullies themselves,” said Stephen Bruno, marketing president at Weinstein Co. “We’re working to do everything we can to make this film available to as many parents, teachers and students across the country.”
The MPAA cited the documentary’s occasional use of foul language for the restrictive rating. Lee Hirsch, the director of “Bully,” refused to edit out the language, arguing that doing so would detract from the film’s intensity. “The small amount of language in the film that’s responsible for the R rating is there because it’s real. It’s what the children who are victims of bullying face on most days,” he said.
Parents, do you plan to encourage your kids to see “Bully”?