Andrew Breitbart Documentary to Get Recut, Re-rated and Re-released (Video)
Having lost a battle with the MPAA over an R rating that it slapped on the documentary Hating Breitbart, the filmmakers are recutting the movie and re-releasing it, this time rated PG-13.
Hating Breitbart, a film exploring the final two years of the conservative rabblerouser’s life, had a limited release from Rocky Mountain Pictures in October when it was rated R for a few F-words.
The filmmakers objected to the rating and pointed out several other movies that received a PG-13 rating despite their use of the F-word, such as The Social Network and The Adjustment Bureau, but the MPAA wouldn’t budge.
Now, though, the filmmakers have reconsidered, and they have cut out the offending words used by Breitbart -- who often cursed while complaining about what he perceived as liberal bias in the mainstream media.
They also have a new distributor, Freestyle Releasing, which will release the PG-13 version of Hating Breitbart on May 17. The same day, Freestyle Digital Media will release the movie on DVD and digitally, and the R-rated version will also make its DVD debut.
Breitbart, who famously took down Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner for his lurid tweets, was a fierce defender of the Tea Party, and much of the movie is focused on his battle with reporters who wish to paint the conservative movement as radical and even racist. Breitbart died 11 months ago.
Freestyle is a boutique distributor whose other releases include Bottle Shock, An America Haunting, The Illusionist and Me and Orson Welles.
“Andrew Breitbart was a media pioneer and all Americans, left, right and center will benefit from debating the issues raised in this documentary about journalistic ethics, media bias and the future of citizen journalism,” said Freestyle co-president Susan Jackson.
See a trailer for the R-rated version of the movie below.
“I wanted to capture Andrew as he was: loud, passionate and occasionally profane,” said Hating Breitbart director Andrew Marcus. “But we also wanted to make sure that all Americans can see what a fascinating man he was.”