Hating Breitbart, about the media reaction to the late conservative provocateur Andrew Breitbart, was given an R for strong language. Director Andrew Marcus submitted an cut version to the MPAA but again was denied a PG-13.
The release of a documentary has now been delayed one week because of the rift between the filmmakers and the MPAA.
The movie originally contained several uses of the word ‘fuck’, which was routinely hurled at Breitbart when he’d show up at liberal gatherings. Breitbart also uses the word a few times in the film.
Under current and long standing MPAA rules, if a film uses one of the harsher sexually derived words , such as ‘fuck’, more than a certain number of times, usually one, it receives an R rating.
Director Andrew Marcus and distributors Rocky Mountain Pictures, who were hoping for a PG-13 rating, cut 9 uses of the word but left in some that were deemed important to the integrity of the film.
So the MPAA, consistent with its rules used all other films, still rated the film R.
Marcus has been briefed about a rare previous exception to the MPPA Rule. He argued:
I first thought the MPAA was just doing its job and I can respect that, but then I started researching. I found that The Social Network received a PG-13 and it uses the F-word twice, plus it has cocaine use, and it’s all scripted.
Update: Less ‘fucks’ is still a few ‘fucks’ too many
19th October 2012. See article from hollywoodreporter.com
The producers of a documentary about deceased conservative rebel Andrew Breitbart have lost a battle with the MPAA to get their film rated PG-13, so it will open in limited release with an R rating because of a few uses of the word ‘fuck’.
The movie, Hating Breitbart , was to open a week earlier, but writer-director Andrew Marcus was unpleased with the R rating it received because of several utterances of the F word. He delayed the opening for seven days, took out most of the offending words — leaving in the ones spoken by Breitbart — and resubmitted the movie to the MPAA hoping for a PG-13 rating. The MPAA, though, didn’t budge and Marcus refuses to cut further. So an R Rating it is.