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Kevin Smith: Yoga Hosers MPAA rating changed to PG-13

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Darren Michaels

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.

Smith announced his intent to appeal last week and claimed the reasoning was for a “cartoony drawing of testicles on a book cover.” Nothing will have to be removed from the film, according to Smith.

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.

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