“The #MPAA gave my kids movie @YogaHosers an R rating for a cartoony drawing of testicles on a book cover. So now, for the 4th time in my 22 year career, we will hold an appeals screening with the Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings board and try to get the R overturned for a less severe (and far more appropriate) PG-13,” Smith announced Monday in an Instagram post.
He continued, “The core audience for the flick is tween girls (it’s Clueless meets Gremlins!), so I refrained from salty language to make a totally kid-friendly movie. And while it’s a ‘horror’ movie, there’s no blood on display: when our Bratzi bad guys get killed, concentrated sauerkraut explodes everywhere – not guts or entrails.”
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No stranger to rating appeals, the actor-producer went through the same process with “Clerks,” “Jersey Girl” and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” and all three attempts were successful. He also details the appeals process for “Clerks,” which was originally slapped with an NC-17 rating for language, in the post.
“Yoga Hosers,” which is Smith’s follow-up to 2014’s “Tusk,” stars Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith (Smith’s daughter) as Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie, two high school sophomores who accidentally discover an ancient evil buried beneath their Canadian convenience store after getting invited to a senior party.
Kevin Smith, Johnny Depp, Haley Joel Osment, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler and Tyler Posey also star in the comedy, which premiered at Sundance in January.