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'Gunner Palace' lands PG-13 rating despite profanity

UPI News Service, 02/25/2005 

The Motion Picture Association of America has approved the most profane PG-13 ever, "Gunner Palace," Daily Variety reported Friday.

The paper said the MPAA rating board originally put an R rating on the Palm Pictures documentary, but an appeals board changed it to PG-13.

The film depicts U.S. soldiers in Iraq occupying a bombed-out palace formerly owned by Saddam Hussein's son, Uday. Directors Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein included no exceptionally gory images in the movie, but it does contain more uses of "the F-word" than the MPAA typically allows in PG-13 movies.

As a rule, one usage of the word is not enough to merit an R, but two or more instances almost automatically mean an R rating. An advisory will accompany "Gunner Palace" to the marketplace cautioning parents about "strong language throughout, violent situations and some drug references."

Palm Pictures argued young people thinking of enlisting in the military should see what war is truly like. Variety pointed out that Michael Moore and the distributors of "Fahrenheit 9/11" made much the same argument last summer but failed to win an appeal of that movie's R rating.

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