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'Bully' Gets PG-13 Rating After Being Edited

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After a long and very public back and forth, the Classification and Ratings Administration has decided to rate the documentary "Bully" PG-13, following last week's announcement that the film would be re-edited.

The movie, which follows kids who are tormented by their peers, was originally given an R rating for six uses of the word "fuck," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The ratings board usually allows only one "fuck" in PG-13 movies.

"Bully" now uses the offended lingo three times, meaning that the new rating can represent a compromise, or a victory, depending on who you are.

And if you're director Lee Hirsch, who has been campaigning to drop the R rating, you're calling it a victory.

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"I feel completely vindicated with this resolution," Hirsch told the Hollywood Reporter. "While I retain my belief that PG-13 has always been the appropriate rating for this film, as reinforced by Canada's rating of a PG, we have today scored a victory from the MPAA."