'Couples Retreat' wins ratings appeal

Universal film's original R rating knocked down to PG-13

Universal has won an appeal to the Classification and Ratings Appeals Board, knocking down the R rating originally given to "Couples Retreat" to a PG-13.

The comedy about four couples vacationing on a tropical island, directed by Peter Billingsley and starring Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, will be released Oct. 9.

The ratings board had assigned the movie an R rating for "some sexual material."

Vaughn and Scott Stuber, the film's producers, represented the film at the appeals hearing, where the ratings board was represented by Chairman Joan Graves.