With the MPAA refusing to lower its R rating on Emmy award-winning director Lee Hirsch's documentary "Bully," the Weinstein Company has made the surprising decision to release the film unrated — they're getting some major support along the way.
The biggest ally to the anti-bullying documentary turns out to be AMC Theaters, who will allow minors to see the movie with the consent of a parent or guardian, according to Entertainment Weekly.
AMC Theaters released a statement welcoming younger viewers, saying, "Guests younger than 17 can see the film if they are accompanied by a parent or adult guardian, or if they present a signed parental permission slip," available through the AMC website.
The movie has also found support from stars, who've been using their influence to support Hirsch's film and stop the bullying epidemic in schools. Celebrities including Anderson Cooper, Chelsea Handler, Hugh Jackman, Katy Perry and Ryan Seacrest have lent their support to the film in the form of a Twitter campaign that reads, "13 million kids get bullied every single year. Today take a stand with me and @BullyMovie," and uses hashtag #bullymovie to promote the cause.
Other actors, like "Archer" star and "The Talk" co-host Aisha Tyler have slammed the MPAA's decision, calling it "Utter bulls**t," saying, "It's irresponsible of the ratings association to not see how critical it is that kids get to see this film."
For parents concerned about sending their child to an unrated film, there's still hope. While the movie won't have the MPAA's label on it, promotional materials for the film will bear Common Sense Media's "Pause 13+" rating, which suggests parents use their discretion before sending their child to see the movie.
"Bully" opens in limited release this Friday, with a nationwide release on March 30.