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Gay teen comedy “G.B.F.” an R-rated movie? Director Darren Stein calls out MPAA for double standard

I was in the sold out audience last summer when the teen comedy G.B.F. closed the Outfest Film Festival.

It was a hilarious movie and also sweet.

Somehow, it’s been slapped with an R rating by the Motion Picture Assn. of America – the same group that inexplicably gave Philomena an R-rating before reconsidering.

Let’s hope they reconsider this time as well because you’d hate to think the MPAA has a different standard for a movie just because it has a gay theme.

The film’s director, Darren Stein, took to Facebook this week and accused the MPAA of such a double standard.

‘I always thought of G.B.F. as a PG-13 movie, but we were given an R “For Sexual References” while not having a single F-bomb, hint of nudity or violence in the film,’ Stein stated.

He added: ‘Perhaps the ratings box should more accurately read “For Homosexual References” or “Too Many Scenes of Gay Teens Kissing.”‘

The movie’s plot revolves around how the three most popular girls at a high school – all rivals – compete for the latest must-have status symbol: a Gay Best Friend (G.B.F.). It stars several unknowns as high school kids with the most famous being Andrea Bowen who played Teri Hatcher’s daughter for many years on Desperate Housewives. Megan Mullally, Jonathan Silverman and Rebecca Gayheart are also in the cast as parents.

‘I look forward to a world where queer teens can express their humor and desire in a sweet, fun teen film that doesn’t get tagged with a cautionary R,’ Stein also wrote.

An R rating means anyone under the age of 17 cannot attend a film unless accompanied by an adult and such a restriction can cut into the potential grosses of a movie aimed at a teen market.

The film premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. It hits theaters on January 17.

The MPAA had no immediate comment on the rating when I contacted them on Friday.

EARLIER POST: Director Darren Stein talks to Greg In Hollywood about Outfest Closing Night film G.B.F.

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