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The Weinstein Co.'s movie "3 Generations" has been reclassified with a PG-13 rating, instead of the original R assigned by the Motion Picture Assn. of America, after the distributor made some changes to its transgender-teen drama.
The film stars Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon. Fanning plays a New York teenager seeking to transition from female to male. Watts portrays her mother, and Sarandon is her lesbian grandmother.
Cuts were made to the film as a compromise to ensure the PG-13 rating, the studio said in a statement Thursday. The movie went through regular review procedures, MPAA spokesperson Chris Ortman said Friday.
"While we regularly meet with a wide range of organizations to discuss the rating system, no outside groups have any influence on the rating process," Ortman said.
The historically conservative Parents Television Council supported the R rating and was unhappy with the decision, accusing the MPAA of being influenced by Harvey Weinstein, who challenged the initial R rating on his company's upcoming release. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which supported the filmmakers and the movie and also pushed for a PG-13 rating, was pleased.
GLAAD President and Chief Executive Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement that "3 Generations" was "a film that all families should be able to see."
"Once again," she said, "The Weinstein Company dared to tell culture-changing LGBTQ stories that Hollywood too often shies away from."
Parents Television President Tim Winter, speaking in a statement released Thursday, accused the ratings board of protecting the interests of Hollywood before those of parents. The MPAA's Ortman challenged that presumption.
"Each film is rated by a team of raters, who are themselves parents, in order to serve [the Classification and Rating Assn.'s] purpose of providing information to parents about viewing choices for their children," he said.
The movie opens May 5 in New York and Los Angeles and expands its release May 12.
Updated, 8:14 a.m., April 28: This article was updated to include a statement from the MPAA. It was originally published at 9:33 p.m. April 27.