Kevin Smith won’t have to fight the MPAA this time.
The director tweeted Tuesday that the governing film body has changed the rating on his latest film, Yoga Hosers, from R to PG-13 on the eve of his scheduled appeal screening, which was subsequently canceled.
Holy shit! The #MPAA just canceled my @yogahosers appeals screening that was set for tomorrow. They said they re-watched the movie and now agree that it is, indeed, a PG-13! I don't have to cut anything out to secure the PG-13 rating either! Next up, we'll tour the kids movie in June and July (tour details coming soon) and release #YogaHosers in theaters right after #ComicCon! Many thanks to the #MPAA for the 180 degree turn! #KevinSmith #YogaHosers #harleyquinnsmith #lilyrosedepp
He previously battled the MPAA on initial ratings assignments to his debut film Clerks, as well as Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and Jersey Girl. The first two were knocked down from NC-17 to R, while the latter was moved from R to PG-13.
An MPAA spokesperson declined to comment on the ruling, saying “the ratings board and appeals board maintain confidentiality and do not comment publicly about the process for movies under review.”
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The board’s rewatching of the film is in keeping with MPAA rules, which state that before an appeal, “the Appellant must arrange a screening of the motion picture for the Rating Board to confirm that the version of the motion picture to be screened at the appeal is the version of the motion picture rated by the Rating Board.”
Yoga Hosers stars Smith’s daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, and Lily-Rose Depp (Johnny Depp’s daughter). It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is slated to be released after Comic-Con (July 21-24), per Smith. Johnny Depp and Justin Long also star.