It is no surprise that Hollywood is a town that is all for abortions and terminating pregnancies. So it is no surprise that the town is not very happy with the influx of pro-life films in the last couple of years such as Gosnell and the upcoming Roe v. Wade. What did come as a surprise is that the Motion Picture Association of America, the trade association which determines the suitability of film content for viewers has given the upcoming Pro-life film Unplanned an R-rating for what they are calling “some disturbing/bloody images”.
However, the filmmakers strongly believe that their rating was driven by politics not content. “We made a pro-life movie in a pro-choice town,” said Chuck Konzelman, who along with Cary Solomon wrote and directed Unplanned. “The standard used to rate our movie is being applied inconsistently as it relates to bloody images on-screen,” he told me in a phone interview. “In fact, Happy Death Day 2U (a “slasher” film with several violent murder scenes) has far more blood and gore than our film and it received a PG-13 rating,” Solomon told Breitbart News.
The R-rating is seen as an attempt to hurt the film’s viability with its family-friendly distributor Pure Flix, a Christian production studio. An R-rating stipulates that theater owners not allow anyone under 17, unless they’re accompanied by a parent or guardian. Pure Flix executive Ken Rather was not happy with the decision as he told The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
The MPAA also wanted the filmmakers to censor the movie if they wanted a PG-13 rating but they refused, stating the scenes needed to be shown. “The blood is in no way gratuitous,” Konzelman said. “For us to not include blood in these critical scenes would be to severely cheapen this true story.”
“We have three scenes in the film which directly address abortion, and the MPAA objected to all three,” Solomon said. “They specifically made mention of objection to grainy, black and white sonogram images that were part of one of the scenes. It was clear that any meaningful treatment of the issue was going to be objectionable.”
Unplanned is set to be released in theaters on March 29.