Director Ivan Reitman has managed to secure a PG-13 rating for his film Draft Day from the Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings board, having successfully appealed their initial decision to rate the movie “R.”
The MPAA’s rating board originally gave Draft Day the more restrictive R rating for “brief strong language.” However, Reitman and Lionsgate exec Erik Feig were able to convince the Classification and Rating Appeals Board to grant the film the lower rating at a hearing this past Wednesday. The lower rating allows for teenage ticket buyers to see the film without having to be accompanied by someone 18-years-old or older.
There is no word as to exactly what “strong language” the ratings board was particularly upset about, but one of the few hard-and-fast rules that they do abide by when classifying films is that any movie that has more than one instance of the word “fuck” in a non-sexual context. Because as we know, teens between the ages of 13 and 17 never use the word “fuck” more than once a day, or some such thing.
Draft Day, which tells the story of the Cleveland Browns general manager, played by Kevin Costner, scrambling to land the number one draft pick on his team opens on April 11.
Via Hollywood Reporter.