Follow Up of the Day: While the MPAA, backed by the National Association of Theater Owners, remains defiant in its decision to slap an age-restricting R rating on The Weinstein Company’s bullying documentary, and thus prevent it from being shown in most schools, Canadian censors in British Columbia have approved a request from the film’s local distributor to affix a far-less-limiting PG rating to Bully.
“Last night, I learned of the B.C. board’s decision to grant Bully a PG-rating,” said director Lee Hirsch. “I am thrilled that kids of all ages can now join their parents, teachers, social work advocates and leaders to bring about change for this deeply important cause.”
Unlike their American counterparts, Canadian film ratings are decided by each province individually.
The Canadian distributor, Alliance Films, used the opportunity to send a message to the MPAA, saying in a statement the the PG rating “reinforces the movie’s message that bullying must be urgently addressed with great care and consideration.”