In a timely move that will drum up more awards season publicity for his latest documentary, Michael Moore has publicly rejected the MPAA’s ‘R’ rating for Where To Invade Next.
The ratings body cited Moore’s film “for language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity.” Every one of his films has received the ‘R’ rating.
Distributors Tom Quinn, Jason Janego and Tim League have joined Moore in the appeal ahead of the film’s December 23 US release.
“What is the real reason I keep getting all these ‘R’ ratings?” said Moore in a statement. “I wish the MPAA would just be honest and stick a label on my movies saying: ‘This movie contains dangerous ideas that the 99% may find upsetting and lead them to revolt.’
“Teens will be the most agitated when they learn they will soon be $80,000 in debt just by going to school.”
Quinn, Janego and League added: “With this rating, the MPAA is effectively telling high schoolers they just aren’t mature enough to handle or discuss important issues directly affecting their pursuit of the American Dream.
“The notion that a teenager can’t walk into a theatre and see Where To Invade Next is ridiculous and frankly un-American.”