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Thomas Roberts Speaks with Bully Filmmaker Lee Hirsch as Movie Opens Today, Unrated: VIDEO


Bully filmmaker Lee Hirsch and human rights activist Kerry Kennedy joined Thomas Roberts in the MSNBC studio yesterday to talk about the film opening unrated and the impact it might have, and who needs to see it.

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In related news, Regal, the nation's largest theater chain, will screen Bully as an 'R' rated film, and Carmike, the nation's fourth largest theater chain will also screen it as an 'R', so kids under 17 will not be able to see it without an adult.

Cinemark, the country's third largest chain, will not screen Bully.

AMC will screen Bully to kids under 17 with permission: “Guests younger than 17 can see the film if they are accompanied by a parent or adult guardian, or if they present a signed parental permission slip.”

AMC's permission slip can be downloaded HERE.

Bully opens in five theaters in L.A. and NY this weekend, including AMC outlets. It opens to two dozen markets on April 13, when it will screen at Carmike and Regal venues.

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  1. IOW the theaters are doing a backdoor R rating. This is disgraceful. But then the MPAA Censhopship system (for that's what the ratings are) is a disgrace.

    Every effort must be made to eliminate it.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 30, 2012 8:04:22 AM

  2. Hey guys, are there any petitions out there that we can at least sign to pressure Regal and Carmike?

    Posted by: Benjamin22b | Mar 30, 2012 8:14:09 AM

  3. All this fuss over a film that I found pretty mediocre. It barely skims the surface of the issue. More like a True Life on MTV episode. I doubt the kids who should see it will see it on their own. It may benefit by being shown in schools tho.

    Posted by: AJ | Mar 30, 2012 8:32:36 AM

  4. For more than two hours protesters marched in front of the Cinemark theater in Evanston, IL, chanting "Hey hey ho ho, homophobia has got to go", "What do we want? Equal Rights! When do we want them? NOW!" and Boycott Cinemark". (11-24-08) I haven't been there since.

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Mar 30, 2012 10:02:10 AM

  5. @AJ: I agree, the film was less than it could have been. Nonetheless, it focuses on identifiable people whose status as victims come from many things--appearance, social status, not simply sexual orientation (real or perceived). Yes, it should be part of school efforts to end bullying, shown to students, teachers and parent, preferably together but separately if necessary.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Mar 30, 2012 10:38:40 AM

  6. Typical American response. Your kids can openly go see a horror or war movie where heads and bodies are graphically blasted apart along with gallons of blood. But never allow your kids hear a couple of swear words.
    Such words may scar their little psyches forever.

    Posted by: chuck | Mar 30, 2012 11:44:29 AM

  7. Who actually goes to cinemas these days anyway? OK, I do... but the fact is that their days are numbered. The popcorn priced like a steak, the annoying coughers/talkers/spillers/spoilers, the endless ads, etc.

    The future of film is online, direct from the filmmakers themselves.

    Cut out ALL THE middlemen!!
    (insert X all the Y here, but in a non-ironic way... dammit that seems legit. Can't get away from memes. Damn you Dawkins!!!11!)

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 30, 2012 7:29:10 PM

  8. Unsurprising move from Cinemark, given they're helmed by the skidmark that donated heavily to Prop 8.

    Posted by: FFS | Mar 30, 2012 7:45:01 PM

  9. Randy, you're funny :-P

    Posted by: LOL | Mar 31, 2012 6:44:57 AM

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