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‘Bully’ to be released with PG-13 rating without cutting crucial scene

Friday, April 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES — After weeks of conflict with the Motion Picture Association of America, the controversial film “Bully” will be released with a PG-13 rating, in time for the film’s April 13 expansion to 55 markets, according to an announcement by the Weinstein Company, the film’s distributor.

Alex Libby, in a scene from “Bully,” which opens in 55 markets on April 13.

A spokesman at Weinstein said that it would re-edit the film and remove of the movie’s six “f— words,” which he sad, “do not involve a key scene in which teenager Alex Libby was verbally harassed on a school bus.”

“The scene that has been at the forefront of the battle with the MPAA, the intense scene in the film that shows teen Alex Libby being bullied and harassed on a bus, has been left fully intact and unedited,” according to a statement by the Weinstein Company.

“‘Bully’ director Lee Hirsch felt editing the scene was not an option, and subsequently refused to do so, since it is too important to the truth and integrity behind the film.

“Also a victory is the exception the MPAA made by allowing the film to be released with the new rating before 90 days, which is the length of time their policy states a film must wait to be in theaters after a rating change to avoid confusion or inconvenience for moviegoers.”

The decision by the MPAA is a victory for the parents, educators, lawmakers, and children everywhere who have been fighting for months for the appropriate PG-13 rating without cutting some of the most sensitive moments.

Hirsch said he made the documentary with the intent to give an uncensored, real-life portrayal of what 13 million bullied children suffer through every year.

In a recent interview with the McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Hirsch made no apologies for the film’s heart wrenching honesty.

“It’s very different from the days when ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ was dealing with it, and yet bullying is still the same. What’s changing are attitudes about it. In the past, my father was saying, ‘That’s life, kid. Suck it up. Stand up for yourself.’ The sense was that this was a rite of passage. People are challenging that,” Hirsch said.

“Bully” is scheduled to open nationwide on April 13th.

Following is the trailer:

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15 more reader comments:

  1. Yay!

    Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 1:24pm
  2. awesome thats the age group that needs to see it

    Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 1:25pm
  3. awesome lobbying for this to happen!

    Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 1:27pm
  4. Can not eait to see it.

    Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 1:27pm
  5. That is fantastic! I can’t believe they finally won that battle. I was convinced they’d have to go through with releasing it as Unrated.

    Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 1:30pm
  6. When will it be shown in Tucson Arizona?

    Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 1:30pm
  7. If they don’t like the scenes in this movie, maybe they should do something about the bullying scenes just like around the country in schools and public! >:(

    Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 1:32pm
  8. Yay! The kids need to see what they look like when they are bullying. We adults already know that, or at least we should, we’ve seen it first hand and if yoiu don’t remember it there is something terribly wrong with your memory, see a doctor!!

    Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 1:34pm
  9. I can’t understand why the Hunger Games gets a PG-13 rating, with all the violence and blood, and Bully gets an R rating bacause of 3 uses of the F word….go figure!

    Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 1:35pm
  10. I was bullied for being gay in high school and I wasn’t even gay.

    Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 1:37pm
  11. Can some one please tell me does this movie addresses HOMOPHOBIA & HOMOPHOBIC BULLYING openly ??????

    Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 1:43pm
  12. This is excellent news!

    Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 2:04pm
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    Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 2:57pm
  14. Yay thats awsome. Sad sad movie it looks like, but its a must see film

    Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 5:01pm
  15. Thanks to Ellen and all who signed the petition and the brave girl who made it and to God for letting the fight be won, to show the movie to all and help stop this crap!

    Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 10:44pm