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The Saga Continues: 'Bully' Director Calls R Rating 'Totally Out of Whack'

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After the Canadian premiere of "Bully," a documentary looking at kids who are tormented by their peers, director Lee Hirsch told the audience that while he's no ratings expert, it certainly seems hypocritical that his film -- which portrays real life -- should get an R rating when other movies that glorify violence get a PG.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hirsch said:

"...there’s a great hypocrisy in allowing films that glorify -- and even sexify -- violence to get PG and PG-13 ratings time and time and time again...And for them to then bring down the hammer on a film like this, on behalf of family values, seems to me totally out of whack."

In case you haven't been following, the movie was given an R rating by the MPAA because of its explicit language. The rating surprised the filmmakers, and Hirsch, along with Harvey Weinstein -- whose company is releasing the film -- a few teen activists, and much of Hollywood have been campaigning to change it. The film's impact, they argue, could be profound on kids. But if kids aren't allowed to see it -- and they may very well skip it if they have to go with their parents, as they would due to the R rating -- it's kind of a moot point.