By the Numbers: Pro-life film ‘Unplanned’ rated R by MPAA

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By the Numbers: Pro-life film ‘Unplanned’ rated R by MPAA

Unplanned is set to release on March 29. The film follows the true events in the life of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood spokesperson turned pro-life activist.

Unplanned is set to release on March 29. The film follows the true events in the life of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood spokesperson turned pro-life activist. "I think it is good that it is rated R because parent can watch it, and if they want their teen to watch it, then that's their choice," Carra Bell (12) said.

Unplanned is set to release on March 29. The film follows the true events in the life of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood spokesperson turned pro-life activist. "I think it is good that it is rated R because parent can watch it, and if they want their teen to watch it, then that's their choice," Carra Bell (12) said.

Unplanned is set to release on March 29. The film follows the true events in the life of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood spokesperson turned pro-life activist. "I think it is good that it is rated R because parent can watch it, and if they want their teen to watch it, then that's their choice," Carra Bell (12) said.

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Pureflix, the studio behind hit Christian themed films like God’s Not Dead, Do You Believe, and Woodlawn, received an unexpected surprise from the Motion Picture Association of America late last month.

The different film ratings given by the MPAA. They determine how appropriate a film is for a certain age.

The MPAA is the voice of Hollywood. An organization of film critics and parents of children, the MPAA is responsible for providing a film with a rating. They assign a film a rating of G, PG, PG-13, or R before it is released to theaters. It is designed as a way for audiences to know what type of content they can expect to be in a movie they are considering seeing.

Unplanned, set to be released on March 29, is going to be the latest film distributed by Pureflix. The film follows the real life of Abby Johnson (played by Ashley Bratcher), one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation and a prominent voice for the organization in the media. However, after witnessing and helping with an ultrasound-guided abortion 13 weeks into pregnancy, she abruptly resigns from the organization and becomes a pro-life activist.

Pureflix was anticipating the film to receive a PG-13 rating, as they wanted to share their message to other young people like the main character of the film, Johnson. However, after submitting the film for review by the MPAA, Unplanned was given an R rating for “some disturbing/bloody images”. The film is the first Pureflix film to receive an R rating, as the rest of their library ranges from G to PG-13 only

Pureflix’s Facebook page responded to the MPAA’s action, sharing this photo.

The R rating has stirred some heat. The rating prevents anyone under 17 from seeing the film without a parent, limiting the potential audience. The co-directors of the film, Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, said that “we consider the MPAA’s current standards to be deeply flawed, insofar as they allowed scenes of remarkably graphic sex, violence, degradation, murder and mayhem to have a PG-13 rating, whereas our film, highlighting the grave dangers of abortion in a straightforward manner, is considered dangerous for the American people to view.”

The directors went on to say that “ironically, the MPAA seems to be indirectly endorsing the pro-life position: namely that abortion is an act of violence.”

The MPAA has denied any political motivations for their R rating, stating that they assigned the film an R rating due to a few graphic scenes involving abortion, and that they would reassign the film a PG-13 rating if they edited out the abortion scenes. Pureflix decided to just deal with the R rating though to avoid any delays and keep the film on its March 29 release date.

The film will be released nationwide on March 29. Only time will tell regarding how the R rating impacts the film in theaters.

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