By Adam B. Vary
August 11, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

The Weinstein Company issued a release today vowing to “battle with the MPAA” over the R rating given to The Tillman Story, a documentary about the struggle of Army Ranger Pat Tillman’s family to learn the truth of how Tillman, who gave up his NFL career to join the military after 9/11, died in Afghanistan in 2004. The MPAA gave the film an R rating due to “language”; in the release, director Amir Bar-Lev asserts “the language…is not gratuitous” and instead reflects “how many people would react when faced with the unthinkable.” TWC head Harvey Weinstein made the argument more personal, stating “I want my teenage daughter, and the nation’s young adults to be able to watch Pat’s story.” The rating will be appealed Aug. 12, and the film is due for release Aug. 20. Ironically, right before the film’s premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Bar-Lev changed the title of the documentary from I’m Pat F—ing Tillman, reportedly the last words Tillman said before he died, to The Tillman Story.

Reps for the MPAA could not be immediately reached for comment.

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