Next week will see the release of “The Tillman Story,” the documentary about Pat Tillman and his family’s fight to find the truth about his death in Afghanistan. The Motion Picture Assn. of America gave the movie an R rating for language, but director Amar Bar-Lev says the expletives are not gratuitous and the rating will prevent the very people who should see the movie — youth — from seeing it.
Producer John Battsek tells Variety’s Pamela McClintock, “Of course there is excessive language. This is a film
that follows a truly exemplary family torn apart by the death of their
loved one and the barrage of government deceit they encountered in their
pursuit of the honest truth. We should be looking at this film as a
way to show our younger generation the power of true family values and
the sometimes unfortunate failings of our government.”