The Weinstein Company's controversial new documentary "Bully" had been granted a full theatrical release with a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
The news followed a recent announcement from the studio they would move ahead with an independent release of an unrated version of the film.
The MPAA had initially ruled that the film be rated R due to profanity. Both studio Chairman Harvey Weinstein and the film's director Lee Hirsch, however, blasted the ratings decision, claiming an edited version of the film would diminish its harsh reality.
"This was about drawing the line but not being utterly unreasonable," Hirsch said of the decision to make a few small edits and earn the PG-13 rating.
"What's absolutely relevant is the scene that we retained. There was one [obscenity in another scene] I didn't want to give up. But I didn't want to hold back all the groups that wanted to see the movie, Boy and Girl Scout groups and school groups, that wouldn't be able to go if we stayed unrated," he told the Los Angeles Times.
The film opens in 25 markets on April 13.
by RTT Staff Writer
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