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