Michael Moore’s ‘Where to Invade Next’ Loses R Rating Appeal

Michael Moore’s ‘Where to Invade Next’
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The MPAA has upheld the “R” rating given to Michael Moore’s new documentary “Where to Invade Next.”

The association said that its appeals board is retained the “R” rating given for language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity.

Moore had appealed the “R” rating, and argued that nothing in the picture is any more provocative or disturbing than the content of an evening news broadcast.

Moore expressed his disappointment with the ruling in a series of tweets on Thursday.

“I will make no cuts,” he told Variety shortly after making the appeal. “We don’t believe in censorship in this country. There can’t be any compromise on this sort of thing.”

“The MPAA doesn’t want teenagers to see these things without parental supervision,” Moore said. “My advice to the teenagers of America is you know what to do and you know how to get in.”

“Where to Invade Next” finds Moore comparing how foreign countries like Finland and France grapple with social and economic issues to the approach in the U.S. A Dec. 23 release is planned to qualify the film for awards, and it recently made the short list of 15 documentary features that will be considered for an Oscar nomination.

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  1. Francia Gartzke says:

    I am not a “teenager” and you need to consider Mr. Moore, that there ARE adults out here in television land who do not want to see your newest film due to its nude scene.

  2. 1313hole says:

    While there may be little profanity, I take issue with Moore’s claim of ‘truth’ related content. As there has never been any of that in his prior films.

  3. cadavra says:

    Oh, keep the R. If there are no dinosaurs, robots or superheroes, most teens won’t go anyway.

  4. Elmo Sticks says:

    Was this written by a bot? Seriously Variety, up your game.

  5. tlsnyder42 says:

    The movie has full frontal nudity in one scene and multiple “f” words, including some written ones. Get rid of the scene and bleep, cut the foul language! Why not make a PG documentary? Don’t you reach more people with that? Isn’t that the goal for any movie, much more so for a movie promoting a political or a religious agenda? Maybe Michael Moore isn’t as smart as he so obviously thinks he is.

    • wiles1 says:

      Swearing is a part of life. If you don’t think kids hear it or USE it regularly — especially when adults are listening — you’re dreaming. And nudity? Seriously? A very quick nude scene versus all the brutally violent, gory imagery from their video games and the HARDCORE PORNO they constantly access FOR FREE when you’re not around, and the blue-hairs at the MPAA get their granny panties in a bunch over ONE quick shot of something all of us have in common. GAWD, America, the fact that ANY of you even go along with this — regardless of what you think of Moore and his films — is why you’re becoming a puritanical laughingstock the world over.

      I’ve seen this movie at TIFF and absolutely NOTHING in it is deserving of an R rating. It’s PG, maybe PG-13, at best. Not all swearing and nudity is equal in documentaries and motion pictures. Context is EVERYTHING, but clearly the MPAA ignores that just as they always do. No politics being played, of course.

      On principle alone, I hope teachers show it in their classrooms, even if they have to pirate it to do so.

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