Enty over at Crazy Days And Nights reported yesterday that the producers of Bully are releasing it without a rating at all rather than knuckling under to the Motion Picture Association of America and swallowing an R rating. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the MPAA's particular brand of lack of perspective R stands for "Restricted" and means that anyone under 17 can't see it without a parent or guardian. While movie theatres are pretty lax about it (I've never known them to actually check ID and spackling on enough make up to get in has been a right of passage for decades) what it REALLY means is that it won't be shown in middle, junior and senior high schools...you know to the kids who make up the cast and are the target audience. The reason for this is that there are a couple of F-bombs and, good gravy Mabel, we can't have that. Kids can sure talk about getting the shit kicked out of them but by God they'd better do it without any coarse language. Did I say lack of perspective? I think I meant lunacy. There are those who have made the point -- the producers of Bully among them -- that The Hunger Games has a PG-13 rating, meaning that it's just jim dandy for the same middle, junior and high school kids to see a movie about kids competing for food and KILLING EACH OTHER for the entertainment of adults. Did I say lunacy? I think I meant cynicism.
Here's my question. Do you think that the MPAA is acting in good faith here or are they being bullies? Bullies really are hateful but in this case do they have a point that I'm missing? Comments are open.