‘Bully’ Rating Lowered To PG-13

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has lowered its R rating of Bully to PG-13, after coming under pressure to change the grade and allow for the anti-bullying documentary to be seen by larger and younger audiences. The “the intense scene in the film that shows teen Alex Libby being bullied and harassed on a bus” — which initially clinched the R rating — remains intact, but three “uses of the ‘F word’ were removed from other scenes,” the Weinstein Company announced. The film will be released to 55 markets on April 13th with the new rating. Last month, Bully opened in Los Angeles and New York unrated.