The rating for Lee Hirsch’s documentary Bully, shouldn’t have been mulled over at all and to think a movie that could potentially stop the international crisis of kids picking on other kids was giving a rating which barred them from seeing the movie was an atrocity in itself.
But finally, the MPAA has given the movie the PG-13 rating it so rightfully deserved, after Hirsch made a few edits of course. Worry not though, these edits do not devalue the message of the film. Every bullied interaction is just as painful to see as it is to hear. The only thing that Hirsch has edited was the use of the word “f*ck”.
According to the report from Deadline:
The new rating, which came about with the great support from MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd, grants the schools, organizations and cities all around the country who are lined up and ready to screen BULLY, including the National Education Association and the Cincinnati School District, the opportunity to share this educational tool with their children.
There was a scene called into question, which involved a teen being bullied and harassed on a school bus. Fortunately for us, that scene will not be cut out nor will it be edited. We will see that bus scene the way it was meant to be scene and hopefully without the cushioning, bullies will understand is message.
Seems werid that the MPAA would be harangue powerful movies just because of a simple four-letter word. Kids are missing so many great messages and movies like The King’s Speech and Bully could have a real impact on kids and perhaps have a positive influence on them.
Still I don’t see the MPAA changing their ways any time soon, but audiences should take this as a win, because now the movie should be able to reach anybody and everybody. THe only thing that would be missing is that so-called terribul and awful f-word.