Weinstein Co. challenges MPAA over R-rating for drama about trans teen

“3 Generations   is an important movie for everyone to see, especially transgender youth who are feeling isolated or   fearful and their families. 3 Generations doesn’t have a bad bone in its body, it’s an expression of love, acceptance, strength, and honesty, values that could not be more necessary right now.”

Initially slated for release in September 2015, the film was abruptly removed from Weinstein’s   calendar ahead of its planned theatrical bow. It is important for teenagers to see it and the ‘R’ Rating doesn’t reflect today’s society. Show Full Article After the   Motion Picture Association of America slapped its transgender-themed drama 3 Generations — about one   woman’s (Naomi Watts) struggle to cope with the skeletons in her closet while her teen son, Ray (Elle Fanning), seeks approval to move forward with hormone treatments ahead of gender confirmation surgery — with its adult-oriented R rating, the distributor announced Thursday it will challenge   the industry group’s decision. Boies previously worked to   overturn California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage, in 2009 and pushed back against   censorship again Carol, Weinstein’s 2015 lesbian drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. The Weinstein Company is prepared to go to battle for a wider audience. Per the MPAA’s website, any films that earns an R-rating “contains some adult material,” while “parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.”
Hollywood lawyer David Boies is teaming with Weinstein as they plan their dissent. Watts, who served as executive producer, added: “This film is a beautiful and touching story about family and identity. It’s ridiculous to have an R rating which would prevent this audience from seeing the film.” Susan Sarandon, who plays ray’s lesbian grandmother in the Gaby Dellal-directed project, said via press statement. In the recent past, Weinstein successfully protested the MPAA’s   R-rating of the 2011 documentary Bully, which   was initially   rated R but was later released as a PG-13 title. Dellal then embarked on an eight-week re-edit of the film, which was later scheduled to bow in theaters on May 5. According to a press release, the film received an R-rating for containing language and some sexual references.