The Motion Picture Association of America recently bestowed an R-rating on Unplanned, a biopic about former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson, who chose to leave the abortion industry and work for pro-life causes after witnessing the horrific reality of abortion. The film was assigned an R-rating due to “some disturbing/bloody images.” Now, no one under the age of 17 can see the film unless accompanied by an adult.
While other movies perhaps even more violent got a PG-13 rating instead of an R, Unplanned’s writers/directors Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman of God’s Not Dead fame told Movieguide,“Unplanned is an ‘R’ rated film which has no MPAA cautions for profanity, nudity, sex, or violence . . . except for violence directly associated with the abortion process. Ironically, the MPAA seems to be indirectly endorsing the pro-life position: namely that abortion is an act of violence. . . [M]any teenage women in this country who can legally obtain an actual abortion without parental permission will be prohibited from going to see our film.”
The filmmakers are not planning on contesting the rating, saying that the R-rating should stand for “Recommended.”
The movie, distributed by PureFlix, releases to 800 screens on March 29.
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