The Motion Picture Assn. of America says its Classification and Ratings Appeal Board has overturned the R rating given to the film "A Birder's Guide to Everything" for "some language and crude references."
The film is now rated PG-13 for "langauge, sex and drug references, and partial brief nudity."
Directed and co-written by Rob Meyer, the film is a young adult story starring Ben Kingsley, James Le Gros, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Katie Chang following a search for a rare duck. A review in Variety declared the film "a gentle coming-of-age road movie" and an "amiable teen laffer, remarkably free of snark."
Meyer and co-writer Luke Matheny represented the film in the appeal. The announcement of the change was made Tuesday.
The Weinstein Company has had a number of public battles with the MPAA over ratings. Its current release "Philomena" was initially rated R and then, after a campaign that included public statements by star Judi Dench, it was changed to a PG-13. The company's documentary "Bully" also was reclassified from R to PG-13.
Actress Evan Rachel Wood recently took to Twitter to decry cuts made to the film "Charlie Countryman" to secure an R rating instead of an NC-17. Her series of messages included the statement "I would like to share my disappointment with the MPAA, who thought it was necessary to censor a woman’s sexuality once again."
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