The Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA) shocked some people recently when it gave the upcoming pro-life movie “Unplanned” an R rating.
The film tells the true story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood worker who today is a pro-life activist.
While some might see the rating as a way to suppress the pro-life message of “Unplanned,” which is set to hit theaters on March 29, Johnson (pictured above) herself is not worried about it.
“We are pushing the boundaries of what has never been before on such a wide scale by showing America exactly what abortion is — and abortion is disturbing. It’s violent,” she told Fox News in a written statement.
Johnson added, “In my opinion, one of the most impactful films of our time is ‘The Passion of the Christ.’ It was rated R. So I feel like ‘Unplanned’ is in good company. An R rating from the MPAA isn’t going to slow this movie down. I believe people are ready for the truth.”
Pure Flix is the company that is releasing “Unplanned” — and though it’s known for its family-friendly content, it’s still proud to stand behind the upcoming film.
“This is why Pure Flix exists: to give a platform to these types of movies,” Michael Scott, president of Pure Flix, said, according to Fox News.
“We’re proud to be associated with this film and we are confident that our fans will not stay away because of the opinions of reviewers and listen to those in the faith community who have seen the film and agree with us. In this case, R stands for recommended.”
“A 15 year-old-girl can get an abortion without her parent’s permission but she can’t see this movie without adult supervision? That’s sad,” Ken Rather, the executive vice president of distribution for Pure Flix, told The Hollywood Reporter about the rating.
Directors Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon (“God’s Not Dead”) believe the rating comes down to simple politics.
“We made a pro-life movie in a pro-choice town,” Konzelman told Breitbart.
“The standard used to rate our movie is being applied inconsistently as it relates to bloody images on screen,” Solomon added. “In fact, ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ [a horror movie released this month] has far more blood and gore than our film and it received a PG-13 rating.”
Check out the trailer for “Unplanned” below: