Damaged Children, Clueless Adults and Hollywood Ratings

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Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is releasing the documentary Bully without a rating after Hollywood's Motion Picture Association of America said it would get an "R" rating because the "F---word" is used repeatedly. Weinstein says that would prevent the target audience, teen-age kids, from seeing it and learning important lessons. Bullying is now recognized as the source of long-term emotional damage, aggravated by adults who don't get it. Can a documentary make a difference? Is Weinstein seeking publicity? Should the MPAA update its criteria in the age of the Internet and cable TV?

 


Note: Both Harvey Weinstein and the MPAA have declined our invitation to participate in our discussion.

Credits

Guests:
Lee Hirsch - documentary filmmaker - @Bullymovie, Chuck Williams - Drexel University - @drchuckwilliams, Patrick Goldstein - Los Angeles Times - @latimesmovies, Kevin Carr - film critic and blogger - @KevinCarr, Eddie Schmidt - documentary filmmaker - @Eddie_Schmidt

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Christian Bordal, Katie Cooper