More than 10 years ago, the faith-based movie Facing the Giants gained national headlines due to a controversy over its PG rating. It was free publicity that helped propel it to become a box office hit.
A similar controversy is now brewing over a new faith-themed film, Unplanned, that got an R rating when its supporters expected a PG-13. It releases in theaters March 29.
Unplanned tells the story of Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood director who changed her mind about the issue after watching an abortion in her clinic. She became a pro-life leader.
The MPAA’s ratings board gave it an R rating last month for “some disturbing/bloody images” -- a rating that was unexpected when comparing its content to other movies rated R and PG-13.
Shawn Carney, president of the pro-life 40 Days for Life and a person instrumental in Johnson’s switch, said he likes “the fact that it’s rated R” because it “gives credibility to the topic.” Abortion, after all, is disturbing, bloody and violent.
“That said, of course the MPAA is just trying to deter the Christian base from going to see the movie,” said Carney, who is portrayed in the film.
Similar to the debate over Facing the Giants -- which apparently got a PG due to its Gospel message -- the controversy over Unplanned could benefit the film.
Here are four reasons Unplanned doesn’t deserve an R rating:
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