CATEGORIES Drama, Independent, Celebrities and Controversy, Newsstand, Politics, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalAs Chris reported recently, the producers of Facing the Giants have accused the MPAA of hitting their film with a PG rating because it was just way too into the Lord. The film, which is about a high school football team that has prayers answered and experiences miracles after it puts its season in God's hands, is getting a load of free publicity (I don't remember Roy Blunt writing a letter about the rating given to ATL, for example.) from this controversy, and if its makers have any brains, they sure as hell (sorry) don't want it to go away.
For a while yesterday, though, it looked like everything had been sorted out: MPAA chair Joan Graves told Variety that, in a phone call with the "film's backers," said backers "acknowledged they made a mistake" in assuming the PG was for the movie's religious content. When contacted for their reaction, however, the backers acknowledged no such thing. While a rep from producer Provident Films did acknowledge that they had spoken with Graves, he insisted that her report of the conversation was "absolutely inaccurate." And, furthermore, it's the MPAA that's changing its story, not the Facing the Giants team: According to Provident, "The first communication from the MPAA was that religion was a factor in the rating. Since then, the MPAA has revised those factors to no longer include religion." Take that, MPAA.
If nothing else, this at least means the controversy will keep rolling. Thank goodness for that.