MPAA Agrees To Give “3 Generations” PG-13 Rating

After an initial R-rating, the Weinstein Group agreed to edits "to ensure it reaches the intended youth audience."

The Motion Picture Association of America has agreed to rate the upcoming trans film 3 Generations as PG-13, downgraded from its original R-rating.

The MPAA revised its grade after discussions with the Weinstein Company, and outcry from the film’s cast and organizations like GLAAD. “3 Generations is a film that all families should be able to see,” said GLAAD’s Sarah Kate Ellis. “The MPAA made the right decision and once again The Weinstein Company dared to tell culture-changing LGBTQ stories that Hollywood too often shies away from.”

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The film, about a trans teen (Elle Fanning) who comes out to her mother and grandmother (Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon), includes no graphic sex or violence but was slapped with an R because of frank discussions of sexuality and gender. Now it will have an official rating of PG-13 for “mature thematic content, some sexual references and language.”

TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein spoke with the MPAA and agreed to certain edits “as a compromise in order to ensure it reaches the intended youth audience,” according to a statement.

3 Generations opens in select theaters May 5 and expands on May 12.

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