The theater complex associated with the Independent Film Channel will allow minors to view the Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour despite the “R” rating given to it by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Mother Jones‘ Inae Oh reports.
The film — which consists largely of interviews of Snowden by Glenn Greenwald in a Hong Kong hotel room about the global surveillance practices of the United States — earned an “R” rating for “language,” as there are numerous sexually-derived profanities used in the course of the interviews, and the repeated usage of these expletives is enough to push the film from “PG-13” into “R” territory according to MPAA standards.
However, the IFC Center contends that the film is too important not to be seen by the next generation of voters, and as such has made the following decision:
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It reads that, “[w]hile the MPAA has assigned CITIZENFOUR a rating of R, recommending that no one under 17 be admitted without a parent or guardian, IFC Center feels that the film is appropriate viewing for mature adolescents. Accordingly, we will admit high school-age patrons at our discretion.”
“Not only do we feel the film is suitable for teens,” it continues, “we feel it is essential viewing for anyone who may vote in the next election.”