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MPAA president Jack Valenti cautions parents on PG-13 war film

UPI News Service, 03/03/2005 

Two movie industry executives are cautioning parents about the PG-13 rating for a new documentary about the war in Iraq.

In what the Hollywood Reporter called an unprecedented move, former Motion Picture Association of America President Jack Valenti joined with the president of the National Association of Theater Owners to issued a statement on last week's decision by the MPAA to rate "Gunner Palace" PG-13 -- even though the amount of vulgar language in the movie would normally be enough to get an R rating.

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

"Gunner Palace" depicts U.S. soldiers in Iraq occupying a bombed-out palace formerly owned by Saddam Hussein's son, Uday. An advisory will accompany the film to the marketplace cautioning parents about "strong language throughout, violent situations and some drug references."

Valenti still oversees the MPAA ratings system. He and NATO President John Fithian issued a statement calling attention to the strong language in the movie and urging parents to "take note of this important cautionary warning so they can better guide their children's movie viewing."

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