Kevin Smith says his latest film, Yoga Hosers, has been given an R rating by the MPAA that he plans to appeal.
In a post on Instagram, the filmmaker shared what he says was the reason for the R rating — a “cartoony drawing of testicles on a book cover” — and that he hopes the rating will be revised to a “less severe (and far more appropriate) PG-13.” He said this is the fourth time he’s had to make an appeal to the MPAA to change a rating — the others being Clerks, Jersey Girl, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
Smith called this latest R rating “riDONKulous,” noting that Yoga Hosers’ core audience is “tween girls” and that he refrained from using profanity to make it a more kid-friendly movie.
“Honestly, this movie is TAME (or “lame” according to some reviews). Even so, next week I’ll screen the flick for the MPAA appeals audience and, lawyer-like, plead my case for why the film is really PG-13 — all so that I can keep the graffiti drawing of nuts on a fictional library book in my goofy girl-power monster movie,” he wrote in the post. “Weird life. Mind you, this is NOT a First Amendment issue at all; instead, it’s the very definition of a First World Problem. But before I can tour the movie in June & July and release it in theaters this August, I’m gonna have to win.”
Yoga Hosers, starring Smith’s daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, and Lily-Rose Depp (Johnny Depp’s daughter), screened earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.
See Smith’s full post here.