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The Weinstein Company Will Release 'Bully' Unrated

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The Weinstein Company will release the film Bully unrated on March 30 after the MPAA refused to budge on its 'R' rating on the film, according to a press release received by Movieline:

Furthering proof that the R rating for some language is inappropriate for a film that’s meant to educate and help parents, teachers, school officials and children with what’s become an epidemic in schools around the country, the fight against the rating continues on. The outpour of support by politicians, schools, parents, celebrities and activists for the film’s mission to be seen by those it was made for – children – has been overwhelming. Nearly half a million people have signed Michigan high school student and former bullying victim Katy Butler’s petition on Change.org to urge the MPAA to lower the rating.

Said BULLY Director Lee Hirsch, “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. All of our supporters see that, and we’re grateful for the support we’ve received across the board. I know the kids will come, so it’s up to the theaters to let them in.”

It will be up to movie theaters to decide whether or not to let minors see it.

I've reposted the Bully trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Right because adolescents never use any inappropriate language.

    Posted by: Tone | Mar 26, 2012 6:48:38 PM


  2. How backward. An R rating to protect children from hearing bad language ends up being an R rating that continues to enable bullying culture because it doesn't understand the realities of today. Anyone else realizing that South Park The Movie was as sharp a satire of what's wrong with America as ever?

    Posted by: BrianT | Mar 26, 2012 6:54:53 PM


  3. The MPAA is a voluntary non-government organization created for the convenience of theater owners. If you want to change or destroy the MPAA's backward policy then simply stop going to theaters to see MPAA-rated films and let the theater owners know why they're not getting your money anymore. Just like if you don't care for Chick fil-A or an oppressive religion --- just don't go.

    There are lots of other ways to see films nowadays that don't involve sitting in a filthy room full of obnoxious people.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Mar 26, 2012 7:31:22 PM


  4. I hate it that they called this film "BULLY". There is another film made in 2001, a great movie, starring deceased young actor Brad Renfroe, with the same name. It is about a bully of course but the two are NOTHING alike.

    Posted by: Reppin2 | Mar 26, 2012 7:34:01 PM


  5. So when will the lawsuits against the MPAA begin. The collusion between theaters and the MPAA is almost like racketeering in some cases. At least make them codify their rating decisions.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Mar 26, 2012 7:35:25 PM


  6. Being "unrated" will not help this movie get seen. It will still only play in small theaters in big cities. If this is indeed "a film that’s meant to educate and help parents, teachers, school officials and children," then let them see it! Put it on YouTube where it can be seen by millions (look at Kony2010). Quit trying to make a buck on something that is supposedly so important. Weinstein and Google (owners if YouTube) have the power to make this happen.

    Posted by: Craig | Mar 26, 2012 7:41:22 PM


  7. So, a movie about a world where teens murder each other warrants a PG-13 movie, while a movie that contains a few expletives and accurately portrays the horrifying reality that kids face on a daily basis gets rated R?

    Un-goddamn-believable.

    Posted by: Jack | Mar 26, 2012 8:02:45 PM


  8. An un-rated release, sadly, will only ensure that where kids most need to see the movie is where the theaters will most likely block them from seeing it. On the other hand... the theaters do want their dollars... just maybe.

    Posted by: William | Mar 26, 2012 11:38:28 PM


  9. I just saw the film tonight. It's not mind-blowing, by any means. But the tiny smattering of f-words comes from 2 incidents, back to back. I have seriously seen worse on Family Guy and South Park. The MPAA should be ashamed of themselves. If you send copies of this film to schools w the handful of f words beeped out it will not lose what impact it has, if any.

    Posted by: AJ | Mar 27, 2012 1:28:02 AM


  10. @Reppin2

    I was thinking the exact same thing. LOVE that movie.

    Posted by: Diogenes | Mar 27, 2012 4:17:27 AM


  11. This was me in Northbridge Ma. from 1973-1979. I tried to take my own life in High School. My parents were part of the problem too. NO ONE stood up for me. I NEVER RECOVERED.

    Posted by: Alan Arthur Chiras | Mar 27, 2012 8:38:30 AM


  12. I rate the rating system NFG...
    I look forward to seeing this movie, and hope in time it becomes available for every school system in America. It will educate the masses even if the rating system fails!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin | Mar 27, 2012 9:08:26 AM


  13. Forget tougher punishments and hiring more police for schools. The solution to crime and violence is in your lunchroom. http://www.alternet.org/environment/25122/?comments=view&cID=35161&pID=34156 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE

    Posted by: JC | Mar 27, 2012 9:36:35 AM


  14. It got a PG-13 rating in Ontario, Canada. What is with the MPAA????

    Posted by: B.J. Caldwell | Mar 27, 2012 10:03:18 AM


  15. Well, better unrated than "R"--the school district I'm at will allow an unrated documentary to be shown in class (but not an unrated fictional film, interestingly), but will in no way allow an R-rated film, even if it is a doc. And parents of middle-schoolers and high schoolers will be more accepting of a school or teacher showing it and kids seeing it if they know it's not "R"-rated.

    This will, however, affect the film's bottom line and potential for profit, as many theater chains (and video stores) will not carry an unrated film. Craig is right, this will mostly play big cities and maybe the occasional college town with an art-house theater--it won't play in the suburbs or small towns, which is where it's desperately needed, especially by LGBTQ kids.

    Anastasia, where are you located? In Portland OR they've REALLY cracked down on people being obnoxious or disturbing in the theater--texting and phones are banned (and you can ask management to make people leave if they do), and I've even seen people with kids be asked to leave if they're letting them run around loose in the theater. Only once in about a year of moviegoing to some 40+ movies (at "21 Jump Street") have we had a "narrator" who was commenting on everything happening onscreen; we moved seats, problem solved. Maybe it's different in other cities, depending on local mores and manners.

    Posted by: Dback | Mar 27, 2012 1:02:27 PM


  16. @Reppin2: You've never heard of two films with the same name? You lead a sheltered life.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Mar 27, 2012 8:08:24 PM


  17. Everybody knew the rules as far as ratings go. Deal with it. No film is so important that it will somehow end bullying. You're living in a fantasty

    Posted by: Sage | Mar 30, 2012 5:57:24 PM


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