A new documentary about gay bullying has been slapped with an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America meaning no one under the age of 17 will be allowed admission unless accompanied by an adult.
According to the MPAA website, 'generally, it is not appropriate for parents to bring their young children with them to R-rated motion pictures.'
The MPAA reportedly felt the profanities used by some of the bullies in the movie was inappropriate for kids. The film's distributor, The Weinstein Company, has unsuccessfully appealed the R rating which it says makes it far more difficult for the film to reach its intended audience. The studio was pushing for a PG-13 rating which cautions parents that some material in a film may not be suitable for children under the age of 13.
Studio co-founder Harvey Feinstein has issued a statement to EW.com expressing his disappointment: 'We respect the MPAA and their process but feel this time it has just been a bridge too far. I have been through many of these appeals, but this one vote loss is a huge blow to me personally.'
He went on to explain why he believes the film should be seen by all and was especially disappointed that the MPAA was not swayed by a statement from Alex Libby (pictured) who is one of the bullied kids in the movie.
'Alex Libby gave an impassioned plea and eloquently defended the need for kids to be able to see this movie on their own, not with their parents, because that is the only way to truly make a change,' he said.
Bully was directed by Lee Hirsch and scheduled to open in theaters on March 30.
Below is the film's trailer: