Michael Moore Loses Bid to Overturn R Rating for 'Where to Invade Next'

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The documentary was assigned the restrictive rating for language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity.

Michael Moore has lost his appeal to overturn the R rating bestowed on his documentary Where to Invade Next.

The appeals board of the Classification & Ratings Administration made its ruling following a hearing in Los Angeles on Thursday that was attended by Moore.

Where to Invade Next was assigned the R rating for language (more than one use of the F-word), some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity (topless women). The film, a travelogue, explores how other countries deal with social and economic issues in comparison with the U.S.

At the time that the rating was announced, Moore blasted the Motion Picture Association of America and CARA. 

"It’s amazing how 25 years have passed — we invented the internet, gay marriage is legal and we elected an African American President of the United States, but the MPAA is still intent on censoring footage that is available from any evening network news show," Moore said in a statement.

"This film has been widely praised by critics for its warmth and humor and optimism," the filmmaker continued. What is the real reason I keep getting all these 'R' ratings? I wish the MPAA would just be honest and stick a label on my movies saying: 'This movie contains dangerous ideas that the 99% may find upsetting and lead them to revolt.' "

Where to Invade Next is set to hit theaters in Los Angeles and New York on Dec. 23 before opening nationwide Jan. 15. The documentary is being distributed by a new label headed by former Radius-TWC chiefs Tom Quinn and Jason Janego and Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League. There's still no word on who is backing the new outfit.