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Foxcatcher among new movies to earn MPAA ratings

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Foxcatcher”, the much-anticipated film about Olympic wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, is among more than a dozen yet-to-be-released movies that have been reviewed and assigned MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) ratings, the movie website reported Wednesday.

“Foxcatcher” has been rated “R” by the MPAA, “for some drug use and a scene of violence” according to the release. The MPAA website describes “R” rated movies as “Restricted: Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children.”

The film is slated for release to theaters November 14, nearly a year after its original release date of late December 2013.

“Foxcatcher” had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where it opened to strong reviews. Earning best director honors at the famed international film festival was Bennett Miller, who also directed the award-winning films “Capote” and “Moneyball.”

The two hour, 15-minute film tells the story of the Schultz brothers – 1984 Olympic gold medalists and collegiate wrestling champs -- and their involvement at the Foxcatcher training facility run by multimillionaire John du Pont who murdered Dave Schultz in January 1996. “Foxcatcher” stars Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz, Mark Ruffalo as older brother Dave, and Steve Carell in the role of du Pont.

Also involved in the filming of “Foxcatcher” are more than a dozen amateur wrestlers, including a number of college NCAA champs and All-Americans, as well as Olympic wrestlers Jake Herbert, Ken Chertow and Gene Mills.

The MPAA, which describes itself as the voice of the motion picture industry, created the movie rating system in 1968. According to the MPAA website, “The Classification & Ratings Administration (CARA) hosts the rating board made up of an independent group of parents. CARA’s mission is to provide parents the tools they need to make informed decisions about what their children watch.”

Other upcoming movies with MPAA ratings revealed this week include a remake of the musical "Annie", "A Most Wanted Man", "You're Not You", "Deliver Us From Evil", "Maze Runner", and "The Vatican Tapes."