The Weinsteins are currently fighting the MPAA over the 'R' rating their documentary “Bully” has received. They're hoping to cut that rating down so the film can be seen by both children and adults. He had this to say:
“I have great respect for the work Chairman Joan Graves and the rest of the MPAA governing body do. I have been compelled by the filmmakers and the children to fight for an exception so we can change this R rating brought on by some bad language.”
Director Lee Hirsch had this to add:
“I made BULLY for kids to see – the bullies as well as the bullied. We have to change hearts and minds in order to stop this epidemic, which has scarred countless lives and driven many children to suicide. To capture the stark reality of bullying, we had to capture the way kids act and speak in their everyday lives – and the fact is that kids use profanity. It is heartbreaking that the MPAA, in adhering to a strict limit on certain words, would end up keeping this film from those who need to see it most. No one could make this case more powerfully than Alex Libby, and I am so proud and honored that he is stepping forward to make a personal appeal.”
Watch the trailer below.
Bully opens in AMC Theatres on March 30th.
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