Church says film got ‘R’ rating because of Christian message

It sounds like this church has a point:

FOX NEWS – The MPAA slapped an R rating on “My Son,” a small-budget film made by the congregation of Retta Baptist Church in Burleson, Tex.

“They told us it was because of violence and drug use portrayed in the film,” Pastor Chuck Kitchens told Fox News. “I was very shocked. It makes me sick at my stomach.”

The pastor said the church’s film does not include foul language, sex scenes or nudity. He did confirm there was violence surrounding a hostage standoff in the church as well as some drug usage.

But Kitchens said the violence was neither gory nor gratuitous. By comparison he pointed out the MPAA gave “World War Z” and “BULLY” PG-13 ratings. And “Jobs,” which included scenes featuring LSD and marijuana usage got a PG-13 rating.

“When you look at the facts and see there are other movies that have been rated PG-13 that have more violence and more drug scenes, you have to say there’s inconsistency there,” he said.

Kitchens told Fox News he believes the R-rating has more to do with the movie’s faith-based message than the violence.

“A group of people out there don’t necessarily like strong evangelical Christianity,” he said. “People don’t like to hear that it’s this one way (to heaven) and nothing else. But if you are a Christian, that’s the message. That’s what Jesus said. That’s what you have to proclaim. People call us bigoted and then they go on the attack.”

An MPAA spokesperson told Fox News that typically they don’t comment on why a film received a specific rating. The MPAA said the same rules apply to all films.

Kitchens said the R-rating is a huge problem because many of his fellow pastors won’t encourage their church members to see an R-rated film.

“We were relying on pastors to advertise to their congregations and sell tickets,” he said. “That’s our marketing strategy. We don’t have Hollywood bucks for commercials.”


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  • KatyButler

    Gotta keep a moral message away from the kids who need it most. Let’s hope the DVD sales go through the roof and the message gets out.

  • Simply ROLL ON… till they lock the gates.
    Then… STEAMROLL.
    Never stop.
    Never give up.
    NEVER give in.
    -CM Sackett-

  • “Kitchens said the R-rating is a huge problem because many of his fellow
    pastors won’t encourage their church members to see an R-rated film.”
     The time for sticking your collective “righteous” heads up your singularly ignorant arse is also OVER.

    Do your own research, “pastors”.
    Do your own thinking, “soldiers” and “sons” of the Most High GOD.
    …see above.

  • tinlizzieowner

    But the MTV Music Awards are on television, right? 😉 😉

  • famouswolf

    Sounds like a PG at most.
    These people that object so loudly about the Christian ‘spreading the word’ are often the same ones who bend over backwards to accommodate the moslem nonsense. Man, are they in for a surprise if sharia takes hold here.

  • famouswolf

    Yep, and most of the movies coming out now that rate PG 13 according to present ‘standards’ would have been hard Rs and Xs when we were spritely youths.

  • kong1967

    If there are other movies rated PG that have worse violence and drug use, then they aren’t being consistent and maybe there’s an alternative reason they aren’t telling anyone.  I have seen PG movies that I was confused as to why it wasn’t rated ‘R’, and I have seen rated ‘R’ movies that I couldn’t figure out why.  They’re screwy.

  • Rshill7

    But by all means, teach kindergartners about homosexuality in the classroom. Highly selective outrage, Sure. It really depends on the source of the material. Anything remotely Christian these days is strictly verboten. 
    Christians and Jews…offend them at will. Heck, slaughter them at will too. You hear nary a whisper from the permanently offended offensive ones.

  • Rshill7

    famouswolf  They not only spread their word, they cram it down our throats with the force of law behind it.

  • tinlizzieowner

    You think the movies are bad? Take a look at the video games being promoted for kids!

  • ADatum24601

    //People don’t like to hear that it’s this one way (to heaven) and nothing else. But if you are a Christian, that’s the message. That’s what Jesus said. That’s what you have to proclaim.//
    Amen.  We live in a society where truth is under attack, but the pastor is 100% right.  We can’t quit speaking the truth just because someone doesn’t like it.
    Imagine if math teachers were called bigots because they said that 2+2 can ONLY equal 4 (not 3, not 5, etc).  The problem is…our society has decided that religious truth is not truth.  And we have to do something about that.
    Jesus Christ came to earth 2000 years ago.  He lived for 30-something years and taught that the way to God was through him.  He died as a sacrifice to atone for our sins, and to make peace between us and God.  Those that choose to accept that peace are forgiven and become children of God.  There is no other way to be saved, and no other way to have peace with God.
    None.  Period.
    I applaud the pastor for his unwillingness to bend on the truth of the Christian message.  Too few of us today are willing to stand up and proclaim the truth of Jesus Christ.  Thank God someone like this pastor and his church are willing to do so!

  • What would really be offensive is if you said homosexuality was a sin.
    Or if you said right is wrong and wrong is right….in essence.

  • SafeTea

    “An MPAA spokesperson told Fox News that typically they don’t comment on why a film received a specific rating.”
    Wow.  Must be nice to have a job that lends you so much unquestionable power.  How is that even possible, as people would NEED that info in order to adjust their films for ratings best suited for their target audience?

  • Laurel A

    The ‘R’ rating was given not to stop people from seeing film but to give Christianity a black eye.

  • lawngreen

    Why I don’t go to movies, and haven’t for decades. If it’s good, I’ll hear about it and get the video. I couldn’t care less what HollyBabelwood says.

  • Army_Pilot1967

    famouswolf LOL….”…when we were spritely youths.”  Yeah, it’s been a while since those good ol’ days!

  • linguaphonica

    Watch “this film is not yet rated” – the MPAA is totally capricious and unpredictable. The films they cited probably got the ratings they got because they had big budgets and studios pressuring for the ratings – they probably submitted more violent versions at first on purpose so they could cut them and then cut them for pg-13 ratings.
    There are so many conceivable explanations for why this film got an R rating – was there fake blood associated with the violence? Because that’s a big one…
    Given what we know about the mpaa, anti-Christian bias is a pretty unlikely explanation for what happened here.

  • linguaphonica

    They give content guides – they don’t discuss specific scenes.

  • 12grace

    Christians better start standing up to oppression in America or they will soon find that the gov’t makes it a crime to practice their faith.

  • linguaphonica

    The MPAA usually gives anything remotely gay an R rating and is much quicker to boost it to NC17

  • famouswolf

    Well, try anyway. I don’t feel cooperative.

  • famouswolf

    No, given what I know about the mpaa it’s almost certain.

  • famouswolf

    That would be the very worst mistake they could make.
    People are contrary. The more something is forbidden or criminalized the more they (many, anyway) want it.

  • famouswolf

    I just got back from seeing Riddick. It’s AT LEAST as bad as some of those games. I couldn’t watch parts, and I’m 63 yrs. old jaded. And I don’t get upset at the sight of blood. Some of this movie is really hard to take. Probably too much gore.
    Lots of f bombs too. Can’t recommend it unless you are a hard core sci fi and/or horror fan. It’s  R rated.

  • DavidZimmerman2

    famouswolf  That didn’t work in Nazi Germany.

  • Army_Pilot1967 famouswolf O K you youngsters cut it out.:)

  • famouswolf

    It backfired bigtime, and with every other tyrant in history starting with the Romans.
    The more Christians are persecuted the more they multiply.

  • tinlizzieowner

    There’s only one movie I want to see, ‘Planes’ by Disney and I’ll wait for that to come to DVD. I won’t waste the money to go to a theater.

  • tinlizzieowner

    NPC1 Army_Pilot1967 famouswolf 
    If you haven’t grown up by the time you’re my age (68), you don’t have to. 😉 😉

  • JohnCraven

    One way for Christian film makers to get around the ratings game is simply to not submit their films for a rating especially given the obvious problem of anti-Christian bigotry on the part of those who do the ratings.  This has been done before for many films.
    Simply release to the general public an unrated film and let the general public decide what the rating should be by the ticket sales.
    John Craven – New Orleans.

  • Cassie1

    What we need to do is take out this Muslim government… This is not going to get better, only worse and bit by bit until we wake up one day soon and realize everything good in this country will be gone…. It is taking place right now!!!
    Vote like never before in 2014!!!!!!!

  • Dr. Strangelove

    On the other hand, it might get more viewers due to the rating.

  • Cassie1 The operative words are ‘like never before’. We need to do it right, this very last time, possibly.

  • tinlizzieowner NPC1 Army_Pilot1967 famouswolf  I’m growing up as fast as I can, and I still want to.