Fighting a bullying documentary's R-rating

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/24/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )

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An acclaimed new documentary with an important message about bullying has been slapped with an R rating, for language, by the MPAA.



"Bully" follows five kids and their families, and the fallout of bullying in their communities; the denial of school officials and parents ("Kids will be kids"); and the efforts being made to stop the behavior that will target 13 million schoolchildren this year.



The R rating means children under 17 cannot see the film unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian, and would also prevent "Bully" from being shown in many schools.



The film's distributor, The Weinstein Company, lost an appeal to the MPAA board to have the rating changed to PG-13. While the company could release the film without any rating, that would limit its reach - many theaters will not show films without an MPAA rating, and many newspapers will refuse to advertise it.



Depp, Streep join call to lower "Bully" rating



One young woman (who herself had been bullied in middle school) was inspired to create an online petition demanding the rating be lowered to PG-13, so that more young people - those who suffer bullying, and those who themselves bully others - could see the film. It has garnered nearly a half-million signatures.




Read More:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505270_162-5...



Trailer:

http://thebullyproject.com/



In my opinion, I think this documentary should be rated PG-13. So many children are bullied these days. It is causing them to become severly depressed and commit suicide. A girl at my daughter's school, in gr9, did just that, a month ago. It is so sad. It is terrible to hear about how these children are bullied relentlessly. My heart goes out to every single one of them.



If this documentary can bring the issue to the forefront of those that do bully, I am all for it. It is children in juniour high that mostly get bullied, therefore having a documentary aimed at that age group is an ideal approach.



I for one, am going to go and see it. I am going to bring my daughter. She is far from a bully or bullied but I still think it would be good for her to see. She is one that befriends new kids at her school. I still think, it will give her a better perception of what so many children go through daily. :(



What are your thoughts? Do you think the rating should be lowered in order to fit the correct age group? Or due to "bad" language should it remain rated R? Would you let your 13+ child watch it?

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Johnny - posted on 03/24/2012

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Meme, just so you know, here in Canada this film was given a 14A rating, specifically so that teens could attend on their own and so that it could be shown in high schools.



This is just another in the long line of odd and questionable decisions that the MPAA has made in the past. If you are interested in this, check out the documentary, "This Film Is Not Yet Rated".



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0493459/

Stifler's - posted on 03/25/2012

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Oh wow now kids have to wait until they're 18 to see in a movie what they see every day. Pffffft!

Beth - posted on 03/25/2012

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I think it would be beneficial to have it be "Not Rated" and allow parents to decide if their children can/should see it or not. But yes, a PG-13 rating would help too. That is the main age group that's being discussed, and that needs to see it and benefit from the message. It doesn't surprise me that the MPAA is being stupid about it. If you get the chance, watch a documentary called "This Film is Not Yet Rated", it's about the MPAA and the arbitrary, nonsensical way they decide how to rate movies, very eye-opening.

Mary - posted on 03/25/2012

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In this day and age, to make something R rated just for language is a bit absurd and naive. Most kids over the age of 13 have not only heard, but have probably said just about any word that may appear in that film.



The only thing good thing I can say about making this film R rated is that it would mean a parent would have to watch it with their child, and I think that something like this should be mandatory viewing for parents of teenagers. In an ideal world, schools would be able to force all teens and their guardians to not only watch something like this, but to discuss it afterwards as well. However, this is no way to make something compulsory for the parents :(. My guess is that the parents who most need to see this are the ones most likely to not do so.



In the end, I only fear that an R rating means that less children will see this film.

Tracey - posted on 03/25/2012

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In my kids school younger children can watch 15 or 18 rated films with parental permission if it is for educational purposes..

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Nataschia - posted on 03/26/2012

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Rating systems are STUPID even if it is rated r you can let you kids watch in efforts to better educate or help your Childs self esteem when my class was 16 we watched bowing for columbine it was a largely debated topic in the school board ultimately ruled to be of beneficial and educational purposes

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/25/2012

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LMCBW--

It made me cry when I watched it too. I am gonna need a box of kleenex when I bring my daughter... :( It is so sad.



I just think of how terribly these children's hearts hurt. They just want to be liked as the rest of them. Like I tell my daughter, those that bully are having problems at home and they are hurting too. They just take it out on their peers rather than find someone to talk to. I wish it wasn't so. I hope this documentary helps bring it to the forefront for all the bullies out there and makes them re-think what they are doing to other's.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/25/2012

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I am pissed, and in tears from that trailer. I cannot really even comment right now, but I will say that if parents see this commercial and they think it is important to have their child watch it, they can go with them to the movie regardless of the rating. But yeah the whole rating thing is stupid. That is really all I got right now.

Johnny - posted on 03/24/2012

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Well, it's a quote from the American director, so he probably doesn't know our system. But yes, still rated R in the US, which doesn't surprise me at all. They love the violence too much, the anti-violence and sex not so much. Killing is good, sex is bad, love is bad. Apparently. Hopefully the Maritimes will follow suit with the rest of Canada. I think all teens should be able to see this movie. The clips I've seen look very interesting and moving.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/24/2012

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Ahh, dunno. I agree Johnny. I just copied it from the below link. Maybe since it was published by the National Post, they wouldn't know this without researching it. lol



http://arts.nationalpost.com/2012/03/14/...



http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/pa...



This movie is still not rated in NS. I guess they will determine that as it gets closer to April 6th.



It is still rated R in the States.

Johnny - posted on 03/24/2012

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Your info isn't quite accurate Meme. No jurisdiction in Canada has PG 13 ratings. We have PG which simply suggests parental guidance is necessary and 14 A which does not allow admittance to those under 14 without adult supervision. That is pretty much the case across the country, including the maritimes (where there is one ratings agency covering NS, NB & PEI).

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/24/2012

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Oh wonderful! No, I did not know this. Since, the info I got is from today. ;)



That's great. Glad to hear. What about the States though. Doesn't look good there... I think bullying is much more prevalant in the States. I know it is here too but I tend to hear much more coming from the States. These kids need to see it too.



That documentary you provided a link for looks really good. I am gonna see if I can get it. ;)



Bully, a documentary about childhood and teen bullying, has been given a PG-13 rating in several Canadian provinces following protests to reconsider the film’s R-rating in the U.S.



“I’ve always thought Canada was an awesome place and this has been confirmed across the board,” said the film’s director Lee Hirsch after learning that Bully had been rated PG-13 in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.




It is missing my province! Damn it... So far it has a "TBA" (to be announced) for the rating, in NS. Oh well, I am bringing my kid anyway. ;)

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