Susan Sarandon and Naomi Watts have spoken out against The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)’s decision to give their upcoming movie 3 Generations a R-rating (18A rating in Canada). The association explained that the rating is due to the movie’s coarse language and sexual scenes.
Naomi, who stars in and executive produced the drama, released a statement explaining that it is essential for adolescents to see the film because it deals with difficult yet important issues. “This film is a beautiful and touching story about family and identity. It is important for teenagers to see it,” Naomi said, adding that the rating does not accurately reflect the real world. “The ‘R’ rating doesn’t reflect today’s society,” the 48-year-old actress stated.
The Impossible star also listed reasons why she believes the movie is so special. “3 Generations doesn’t have a bad bone in its body, it’s an expression of love, acceptance, strength, and honesty, values that could not be more necessary right now.”
Her co-star Susan Sarandon released her own passionate statement, in which she urges the importance of making the film accessible to youth, particularly those who are transgender. “ 3 Generations is an important movie for everyone to see, especially transgender youth who are feeling isolated or fearful and their families. It’s ridiculous to have an R rating which would prevent this audience from seeing the film.”
The film’s distributor Harvey Weinstein shared his opinion on the controversial matter, arguing that the film’s rating will result in an utter disaster. “[Director] Gaby Dellal, Naomi, Susan and Elle made this movie to share its message of acceptance and inclusion with all generations. The fact that an ‘R’ rating would prevent high school students from seeing this film would truly be a travesty.” Although, Harvey added that he believes the “MPAA and [him will be able] to come to an agreement.
3 Generations, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film (TIFF) under the title About Ray, tells the story of a transgender teen named Ray (Elle Fanning), who was born in a female body but wants to pursue life as a male. It further follows the journey of Ray’s mother Maggie (Naomi Watts), lesbian grandmother (Susan Sarandon) and father’s reaction to the teen’s decision.