One theater chain is defying the MPAA’s strict R-rating for Michael Moore’s new movie.
The 13-state-wide Alamo Drafthouse Cinema announced it will “relax” its R-rating policy for the liberal filmmaker’s Where to Invade Next.
“For the first time ever, we are relaxing our 18-and-up age policy for one film,” CEO Tim League said in a statement. “Why? We simply don’t believe Where to Invade Next should have received an R rating from the MPAA. We don’t want that rating and our own age policies to get in the way of teens and their parents seeing this film. So, for the run of the Where to Invade Next we will allow teens age 15 and up on their own — yes, it’s that important.”
League disclosed he’s one of the distributors for the film, but said, “this is not about selling tickets; it’s about this film’s message reaching the next generation of American voters.”
Moore lost his appeal of the film’s R-rating last year. The doc was classified as restricted for “language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity.” Moore refused to make any cuts to try and reduce the rating to a more box-office-friendly PG-13. He noted this was the sixth time one of his documentaries received an R-rating. “When they gave Bowling for Columbine an R, they didn’t want ‘teens to see images of school shootings,'” the filmmaker tweeted. “13 yrs later, that’s worked out well.”
League warned parents that if their teens see Where to Invade Next (review and trailer here), “they will experience:
— Some swear words
— Students enjoying free college education
— Children eating healthy school lunches
— Happy Italians on vacation
— Real violence in American prisons
— And… a brief moment of a naked German guy coming out of a hot tub.”