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'Bully' Documentary Currently Rated R: Should It Be Changed to PG-13?

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A new documentary about bullying, appropriated titled “Bully,” is currently rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). However, the people behind the film, as well as thousands of others around the country, are calling for the rating to be changed to PG-13 in order to make it more accessible to young people.

The MPAA decided to give “Bully” the R mark primarily because of a scene where a bully describes what he will do to a victim using variations of the F-word. Use of the F-word more than once, or only once when used to describe sexual intercourse, almost always results in an automatic R rating.

Last month, The Weinstein Company, which created the film, petitioned to have the rating changed to PG-13. TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and Alex Libby, one of the bullied children in the film, argued that the R rating would prevent the film from reaching young audiences. In particular, the R rating prevents the documentary from being shown in schools. (The studio was planning on screening the film at various middle and high schools.) Additionally, many teens prefer to go to the movies with their friends instead of their parents, but you must be at least 17 years old to see an R-rated film without a parent or guardian.

The Weinstein Company lost their appeal. They were one vote short of the two-thirds required to overturn an MPAA rating. However, a ratings change doesn’t seem to be completely off the table. On Thursday, MPAA and Weinstein will be hosting an invitation only screening and panel event for Washington D.C. educators, to discuss “the challenges educators face in dealing with bullying in the classroom.” However, it seems likely that the rating itself will also be a topic of discussion.

What do you think SodaHeads? “Bully” is currently rated R, but should it be changed to PG-13?





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  • Just Jenn for Now 2012/03/12 02:00:25 (edited)
    Yes
    Just Jenn for Now
    +31
    ... at first I was going to say "Yes" because I thought it would be over a graphically violent scene.

    But over some "F" bombs? Sorry, but no.


    Face it, everyone: Children have heard the "F" word and figured out what it means by age 13.

    This isn't the 60s anymore where kids watch their mouths and are raised by picture-perfect parents. This is documentary, and thus must stick to reality, and bullies DO use these words.

    And this IS something that is APPROPRIATE for kids age 13 and up to watch as a glimpse of reality, and unfortunately a film some kids may be able to relate to; AND LEARN FROM.


    Still don't agree? How about this: "The Dark Knight" got a PG-13 rating, and even though it was clean language-wise, it had TONS of violence and even death in it. If THAT can get a PG-13 rating, so can this movie.



    It's time to stop bubble-wrapping our kids anyway.



    bubble wrapping kids

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  • reiana 2012/04/09 06:13:30
    Yes
    reiana
    People in America need to know who the real bully's are and that is radical Islam! They murder and be head and torture people!
    Americans need to see what the Muslims are REALLY all about! THE ONLY THING THESE PEOPLE HAVE BROUGHT TO THE WORLD IS OIL, TERROR AND MASS MURDER!
  • Manwé 2012/03/18 22:11:44
    Yes
    Manwé
    Teens use the "F" word for many things. It is not unknown to them and in this context it can be shown as a negative. Unfortunately, a PG-13 rating will still not allow this to be shown in many schools where G and PG (with parental permission) are the only ratings allowed.
  • Christi 2012/03/18 02:13:11
    Yes
    Christi
    kids need to learn and not do it
  • ShamshirMkII 2012/03/16 00:39:51
    Yes
    ShamshirMkII
    Swearing notwithstanding :D
  • Flamingolady 2012/03/14 17:08:39
    Yes
    Flamingolady
    Probably it should. And why not remove all but one of the F bombs from the video?
  • Kyle 2012/03/14 02:50:24
    Yes
    Kyle
    +1
    When was the last time you heard a bully say "I'm gonna frick your poop up Billy!"
  • The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk 2012/03/14 02:32:23
    Yes
    The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk
    +1
    It's a documentary based on a subject teens experience in real life. The content though graphic, violent, and harsh in language. Isn't something that is outside of their realm of understanding.
    Change the Rating.
  • wesley 2012/03/14 01:52:50
    Yes
    wesley
    People need to c this
  • art1ej 2012/03/14 01:45:30
    Yes
    art1ej
    whatever can help kids & stop them from hurting themselves or suicide...
  • MOJ 2012/03/14 01:09:54
    No
    MOJ
    +1
    Why do people insist on further deteriorating the morals of society? Yes we know just how mentally mature our young ones are but there is no need to intentionally expose them to filth just because we think they can handle it. Why not just skip the whole parenting process and let them watch porn? they'll be doing it eventually anyways right?
  • Bat Out... MOJ 2012/03/14 01:55:44 (edited)
    Bat Outta Hell
    +5
    The movie was based on an actual 17-year-old girl's experience with bullies. They broke her fingers by slamming them in a locker. Do you honestly think she took the time to tell them to watch their language while they were beating her up?
  • MOJ Bat Out... 2012/03/14 21:38:51
    MOJ
    ...I was referring to the rating system of this documentary, not the documentary itself. Even so you proved my point, why make kids watch other kids slam someone elses fingers into a locker?
  • Bat Out... MOJ 2012/03/15 01:09:10
    Bat Outta Hell
    +1
    No, not really. It's happening to children whether they watch it on film or not. Are you that blind? Victimized children need to learn how to protect themselves, and bullies need to see from an outside perspective how much hell they're putting other children through.
  • MOJ Bat Out... 2012/03/17 17:58:21
    MOJ
    Oh for the love of... I. Was. Talking. About. The. Ratings.
  • PanDuh MOJ 2012/03/14 02:05:42
  • MOJ PanDuh 2012/03/14 21:39:40
    MOJ
    I was referring to the rating of this documentary...in case people didn't quite get what i was trying to say
  • Bat Outta Hell 2012/03/14 00:13:07
    Yes
    Bat Outta Hell
    +3
    In real life, bullying doesn't stop because it's offensive, and this story was based on an actual teenager's history as a victim. The MPAA must be dumb to believe this movie could offend anyone any more than bullies in the real world do. This movie needs to be available to any and all, to raise awareness about this issue and educate children about what they can do to protect themselves.
  • Nowonmai 2012/03/14 00:01:29
    Yes
    Nowonmai
    +3
    Making this film R rated means the target audience won't see it. As for the language, I've heard worse out of kids. But the the MPAA likes to bully and throw their weight around when they're not buying political votes in their favor.
  • Miles 2012/03/13 20:07:28
    Yes
    Miles
    +2
    We would be very surprised if us adults actually knew how much the teenage world uses swears.
  • Jayfeather 2012/03/13 19:05:47
    Yes
    Jayfeather
    +2
    As if kids don't curse or know about sex.
  • AdLib 2012/03/13 17:40:26
    Yes
    AdLib
    +2
    If you want to understand how the MPAA works, watch this documentary on how they arrive at their ratings.

    this film is not yet rated documentary
  • Sarah Alexander 2012/03/13 17:23:15
    Yes
    Sarah Alexander
    +3
    The main intended audience is probably elementary/middle school kids so they should be able to watch it and it's the F word, kids that age know what it means, most hear it, and many use it (sorry to burst any parent's bubble about their innocent one) it isn't anything scarring.
  • turtledove123 2012/03/13 16:39:45
    Yes
    turtledove123
    +1
    Children should see this movie and if someone is at least 12, they should not need a parent. There is offensive language but they are hearing that everyday at school anyway.
  • Morgan 2012/03/13 14:23:36
    Yes
    Morgan
    Does the MPAA know how many curse words are aired on the radio for kids younger than 13?
  • confused banana 2012/03/13 09:32:01
    Yes
    confused banana
    +2
    i don't see why the hell they would make it so called 'R-rated' anyway, when the target audience for the video are kids! "oh yes yes, we'll just make it R and then the kids we are actually trying to show it to won't be able to see it because it will be BLOCKED!" bloody hell people!!!
  • Bloody Brey 2012/03/13 09:11:05
    Yes
    Bloody Brey
    Go to this link and support the cause!!
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  • Giantfighter 2012/03/13 08:55:28
    Yes
    Giantfighter
    +1
    It's made by & for those students to be educate & encourage awareness
  • MissNovemberTuesday 2012/03/13 08:09:27
    Yes
    MissNovemberTuesday
    +2
    The whole POINT of PG-13 is younger kids still have to go with their parents and hopefully, they have parents who will give them guidance. Most kids 13 and over already have ideas about what this topic means to them and their school. These kids should be allowed to see the movie and learn about this and be able to know what is going on and how bad it is. It is also a good way for kids who struggle to see there are resources out there. If it can help stop suicides, or maybe make someone think twice about bullying someone else.
  • Mark 2012/03/13 07:45:37
    Yes
    Mark
    Even if they have to bleep out the cuss words to get the rating, then it should be done.
  • NatAlex23 2012/03/13 06:37:37
    Yes
    NatAlex23
    +2
    I hate the MPAA. They really need to quit with the automatic rating crap and spend the time to review the content of a movie. When the majority of kids movies are unable to obtain a G rating, it shows a problem with the system.
  • NYCbrit 2012/03/13 06:31:18
    Yes
    NYCbrit
    +3
    an R keeps it from some of the very people who should see it. Also, the F-word isn't much of a reason for an R rating.
  • bugzfermy 2012/03/13 05:51:40
    Yes
    bugzfermy
    big YES to that....
  • mikey 2012/03/13 05:16:08
    Yes
    mikey
    it needs to be changed so every bully can see how thier treatment and un kind acts effrect others
  • strawberry 2012/03/13 04:59:59
    Yes
    strawberry
    +1
    This movie could show kids how bullying hurts others, and how horrible they look while doing the bullying. On the other hand this movie could be cool to some kids only enticing them to do more bullying.
  • Stryder 2012/03/13 04:45:11
    Yes
    Stryder
    +3
    Bleep the f-bombs. It's not rocket science.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/03/13 02:45:52
    Yes
    MOMMA THOMAS
  • Kaimeso 2012/03/13 02:35:40
    No
    Kaimeso
    +4
    NO, it should be changed to "G" or simply non-rated. Still if it was such a big deal then perhaps the "F"s could just be bleeped, everyone will still know what was said,..

    I really don't know who is in the MPAA but I certainly wouldn't let them tell me what movies my children could or could not see, that was MY JOB.
  • Lisa 2012/03/13 02:28:08
    Yes
    Lisa
    +6
    After going through what I've gone through for over 8 years, I would really want to see this movie and I sincerely hope that they won't rate this as R just because of a couple heinous words. stupid
  • Rusty Shackleford 2012/03/13 02:13:21
    Yes
    Rusty Shackleford
    +1
    Silly americains
  • Mike 2012/03/13 01:51:39
    Yes
    Mike
    +2
    These types of movies are a good thing
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