Congress Starts Weighing in on Movie Ratings, R-Rated Bully
UPDATE 03/13/12: AMC Theaters CEO Gerry Lopez comes out against the R rating: “To ‘automatically default’ BULLY is a mistake. Automatic default to a rating, a category, a genre… doesn’t matter, is a mistake. The message, the movie and its social relevance defy that kind of formulaic, conventional thinking. AMC will show this movie, and we invite our guests to engage in the dialogue its relevant message will inevitably provoke.”
The documentary film Bully, slated for release by The Weinstein Company, has catalyzed the latest in a never-ending string of complaints against the MPAA's long-standing movie ratings system. What's new is that, as of this morning, politicians are getting involved, with California Democratic Representative Mike Honda gathering signatures on Capitol Hill for a campaign pressuring the ratings board to award the movie a PG-13 rating rather than the more restrictive R. "We believe an R rating excludes the very audience for whom this film is desperately important," Honda wrote in a letter to MPAA President and CEO Chris Dodd.