June 13, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11 rated "R"; Moore appeals decision

Distributors for Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 are trying to get the film's rating changed now.

The film has been rated "R" by the Motion Picture Association of America, which means that anyone under the age of 17 must come with an adult.

Moore, in his infinite wisdom, insists that because teenagers are those who may have to go to war in the near future, they should be able to see the film without the interference of adults.

"It is sadly very possible that many fifteen and sixteen years olds will be asked and recruited to serve in Iraq in the next couple of years," said Michael Moore. "If they are old enough to be recruited and capable of being in combat and risking their lives, they certainly deserve the right to see what is going on in Iraq."

"Lions Gate Films will continue to aggressively support the artistic visions of our filmmakers. The MPAA rating applied to 'Fahrenheit 9/11' is completely unjustified," said (Tom) Ortenberg (President of Lions Gate Films Releasing). "We are adamant about overturning this decision in an expeditious manner to ensure that as many people as possible, including young adults who represent the future of our nation, are able to see one of the most important and thought-provoking films of our time in theaters on June 25."

"IFC has great concerns with the MPAA's decision and will do everything within its legal power to fight this unjust rating judgment," stated IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring. "With a film like 'Fahrenheit 9/11', IFC is of the strong belief that all filmgoers should be empowered to make their own viewing decisions. The bottom line is this - during these times, it is crucial for the young people of this country to be fully informed. Michael Moore's voice deserves a broad audience and we are confident this ratings decision will ultimately be overturned."

Lions' Gate & IFC have filed an emergency appeal with MPAA President Jack Valenti, to overturn the original rating.

The politically charged film (in the eyes of many -- myself included -- pure anti-Bush propaganda film) is due to be released nationally June 25.

Posted by mhking at June 13, 2004 09:03 PM

Does "R" stand for "Revolting"?

Posted by: McGehee at June 13, 2004 09:33 PM

What was in the film that made it an R?

Posted by: Lola at June 14, 2004 09:31 AM

Uh, he missed the part where we don't have a draft. Or do I just believe that because I've been brainwashed by the evil Bushitler?

Plenty of time for the 16 year olds to see it now that we have this cool invention called a DVD.

Posted by: Deb at June 14, 2004 11:26 AM

Maybe it was the video's in the movie showing people being beheaded....could that have something to do with an R rating??? /sarcasmoff

Posted by: Volt at April 23, 2005 04:43 PM
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