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April 18, 2012 / California Film Institute Blog

“Bully” granted PG-13 rating after making small cuts

After weeks of debate, The Weinstein Company made a compromise with the MPAA, in order to give their bullying documentary “Bully” a PG-13 rating, in order to let children see the important film. The film had been given an R rating for language, specifically six uses of the f-word. The film was released at first unrated, as The Weinstein Company refused to release it with the R rating, but now have agreed to minor cuts in order to achieve a PG-13. The most controversial scene was left intact, with it’s three uses of the word, while two uses in the backgrounds of other scenes and one use of the word toward the beginning were all removed. Typically any film with over one uses of the word is given an R rating, but the MPAA made what the film’s director called a “historic decision” by granting this film a PG-13. The film will be playing soon at the Rafael.



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