Moore fights “Fahrenheit 9/11” rating

Filmmaker Michael Moore and distributors of his anti-Iraq War documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” are contesting the restrictive rating it received from the Motion Picture Association of America because of its strong language and violence.

The MPAA, which represents major studios and administers its classification system, gave the film an R rating due to “violent and disturbing images and for language”, a spokesman for the Washington-based organisation said on Monday.

An “R” rating prohibits anyone under 17 years of age from seeing the film unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Moore’s film, a scathing critique of U.S. President George W. Bush’s foreign policy and the U.S. war in Iraq, is slated for U.S. commercial release on June 25 in 500 to 1,000 cinemas, making it one of the biggest openings ever for a documentary.

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