3 Generations aims to present themes of acceptance, identity and family in a story about a transgender family. Elle Fanning headlines as the young woman transitioning to a male while Naomi Watts plays her mother and Susan Sarandon completes the family as the grandmother, who’s a lesbian.
But the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) isn’t so sure this movie will be appropriate for those under 18 years of age and has marked the movie so with an R-rating. Outraged, the Weinstein Company announced their plans to challenge the MPAA on the rating decision.
They enlisted the help of Hollywood lawyer, David Boies, and consulted previous TWC human rights issues, including the censorship of the 2015 drama, Carol, and the similar R-rating protest for their documentary, Bully.
“This film is a beautiful and touching story about family and identity. It is important for teenagers to see it and the R-rating doesn’t reflect today’s society,” said executive producer Watts. “‘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”.
“The fact that an R-rating would prevent high school students from seeing this film would truly be a travesty,” commented TWC’s co-chairman, Harvey Weinstein, before continuing, hopefully: “The MPAA and I were able to come to an agreement on ‘Bully’ and I am confident that we will be able to do so again”.