The Weinstein Company (TWC) is to release Lee Hirsch’s documentary Bully (pictured) unrated on March 30, after failing in its bid to convince the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to give the film a PG-13 rating.
In a statement, TWC said that while the film will launch initially in cinemas without an MPAA rating, “the fight against the [MPAA decision] continues.”
As previously reported, the MPAA rejected an appeal, held on February 23, to grant the film a PG-13 rating, rather than an R rating, although more than half of the appeals board felt the movie should be rated PG-13.
The move impacted the potential for Bully to screen in U.S. middle and high schools, and at the time TWC said it was considering “a leave of absence” from the MPAA over the decision.
In a statement, Hirsch said: “The small amount of language in the film that’s responsible for the R rating is there because it’s real. It’s what the children who are victims of bullying face on most days. All of our supporters see that, and we’re grateful for the support we’ve received across the board. I know the kids will come, so it’s up to the theaters to let them in.”
Bully will be released in New York at the Angelika Film Center and AMC Lincoln Square; and in Los Angeles at The Landmark, ArcLight Hollywood and AMC Century City.