Kevin Smith is gearing up to appeal the rating for for his upcoming film Yoga Hosers, feeling that the R-rating imposed by the Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings board was too harsh for the movie he made.
This is not Smith’s first time at this particular rodeo. He appealed the NC-17 rating his very first film, Clerks, received simply for its language. He also appealed the NC-17 rating the board tried to give his comedy Zack And Miri Make A Porno and the R rating the MPAA wanted to bestow on his fatherhood dramedy Jersey Girl. In each case he was successful, getting Clerks and Zack And Miri knocked down to an R rating and Jersey Girl to a PG-13.
In this case, Smith states that he made the film for tween girls, a demographic that would have a hard time getting into an R-rated film on their own. In the Facebook post below, he specifically spells out how he went out of his way to keep things in the PG-13 range, but there was one small moment that tipped to film in R rating territory for the MPAA.
The #MPAA gave my kids movie @YogaHosers an R rating for a cartoony drawing of testicles on a book cover. So now, for…
I have to admit that I find it unusual that Smith’s intended audience for Yoga Hosers is younger girls. His comedies generally are geared more towards older males. Also, he had previously stated that Yoga Hosers was the middle installment of a trilogy of linked films set in Canada, the first of which, Tusk, was rated R.
Yoga Hosers stars Harley Quinn Smith, Lily-Rose Melody Depp, Haley Joel Osmet, Johnny Depp and Justin Long. No release date has been announced.