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MPAA receives 200,000 signatures from bullied student, Katy Butler, urging reversal of "R" rating for "Bully" film at the offices of the Motion Picture Association of America on March 7, 2012 in Sherman Oaks, California.
Thousands of Southern Californian students will see the controversial documentary "Bully" along with some special guests this morning in downtown Los Angeles.
Over 6,000 students from the Los Angeles Unified School District, along with L..A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, will screen the film, which follows five children and families over the course of a school year as they encounter and struggle with being bullied in school.
Although the film centers around serious issues -- like families who have lost children due to suicide and a 14-year old being jailed for bringing a gun on a school bus -- the movie has been in the press because of a semantics battle with the movies rating board, which wanted to give "Bully" an R-rating for too much profanity.
Directed by Sundance and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, "Bully" eventually was able to find its way to theaters with a PG-13 (thanks to some slight editing) so that its target audience (students, especially would-be and current bullies) could see the movie without having to attend with a parent.
The students will take in a special screening of the documentary at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Nokia Theater thanks to a sponsorship by the L.A. Fund.
"Bully" is being well-received by critics. It currently is enjoying an 88 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.