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Michael Moore Protests 'R' Rating for His New Documentary

  • Associated Press

Director Michael Moore attends the "Where to Invade Next" premiere on day 1 of the Toronto International Film Festival at The Princess of Wales Theatre, Sept. 10, 2015, in Toronto, Canada.

Director Michael Moore attends the "Where to Invade Next" premiere on day 1 of the Toronto International Film Festival at The Princess of Wales Theatre, Sept. 10, 2015, in Toronto, Canada.

Michael Moore is protesting the "R" rating given to his upcoming documentary Where to Invade Next by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Moore said in a statement Monday that the MPAA gave his film an “R” rating for “language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity.” In the film, Moore travels abroad to co-opt civic ideas he believe would help the United States.

The filmmaker, though, believes the MPAA has it out for him. He suggested the intended label is: “This movie contains dangerous ideas that the 99 percent may find upsetting and lead them to revolt. Teens will be the most agitated when they learn they will soon be $80,000 in debt just by going to school.”


Moore is appealing the decision. Representatives for the MPAA didn't immediately return messages Monday.

Moore has a history of disputes with the ratings board, going all the way back to his first film, the 1989 R-rated Roger & Me.

Where to Invade Next will be released Dec. 23 by a new distribution company formed by former Radius co-presidents and founders Tom Quinn and Jason Janego and Tim League, chief executive of Alamo Drafthouse.

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