The Weinstein Company (TWC) is currently preparing to release 3 Generations, a coming-of-age story about a trans teenager (Elle Fanning) living with his mother (Naomi Watts) and grandmother (Susan Sarandon). The MPAA has recently given the film an R rating, citing language including sexual references in their decision.
"This film is a beautiful and touching story about family and identity," said Watts, who also serves as an executive producer on the film. "It is important for teenagers to see it and the "R" Rating doesn't reflect today's society. 3 Generations doesn't have a bad bone in its body, it's an expression of love, acceptance, strength, and honesty, values that could not be more necessary right now."
In response, TWC announced today that they plan to protest the R rating. They've hired David Boies, a top Hollywood lawyer to advise on their dissent. Boies had a pivotal role in overturning Prop. 8 in 2009 in addition to consulting on several other human rights issues for TWC, including censorship in Carol and a similar R rating for the documentary, Bully.
TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein remains hopeful about the films fate. "The fact that an "R" rating would prevent high school students from seeing this film would truly be a travesty," he said. "The MPAA and I were able to come to an agreement on Bully and I am confident that we will be able to do so again."