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'Giants' facing PG

This movie is rated PG for graphic depictions of … religion?

Conservative Christians are accusing the MPAA of having said precisely that about “Facing the Giants,” a praise-Jesus feature that drew a PG rating last month.

Pic’s backers half-expected the rating because of a plot thread involving infertility. But that’s not why they got the PG, they say.

Kris Fuhr, VP of marketing for Provident Films, which acquired rights to “Giants,” says MPAA ratings chairwoman Joan Graves told her the film is too heavy on religious proselytizing for a G rating.

“That is not what Joan conveyed,” an MPAA spokeswoman responds.

Fuhr says Provident isn’t unhappy about the rating: “We just don’t agree with it.” There are no plans to appeal; pic is skedded for September release.

Fuhr denied the contretemps is an attempt to generate an inexpensive publicity campaign. Samuel Goldwyn and Sony, which have a joint deal with Provident for marketing and distribution, have ponied up “a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign with national media,” she says.

Alerted to the controversy, Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) asked MPAA topper Dan Glickman why the film drew a PG. In a letter to Blunt, Glickman wrote, “Any strong or mature discussion of any subject matter results in a PG rating.” Pic, he said, contains several “mature” discussions.

“Roy, I assure you religion was not the reason this movie got a PG rating,” Glickman wrote.

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