Kevin Costner's 'Black and White' Wins Appeal to Overturn R Rating

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The drama was written and directed by Mike Binder.

Kevin Costner has won an appeal to overturn an R rating for his indie film Black and White.

The Classification and Rating Appeals Board overturned the decision Thursday, assigning the film a PG-13 rating for brief strong language, thematic material involving drug use and drinking, and for a fight. 

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The film, starring Costner, Gillian Jacobs and Octavia Spencer, had originally been given an R rating for “brief strong language."

Black and White, which reunites Costner with his Upside of Anger writer-director Mike Binder, centers on a man (Costner) who, after the death of his wife, is swept up into a custody battle for his biracial granddaughter, who has been raising since his daughter's death during childbirth. The girl's paternal grandmother (Spencer) is determined to get custody of her granddaughter.

Costner’s Treehouse Films banner produced alongside Binder’s Sunlight Productions and Todd Lewis.