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Slumdog Millionaire has been rated “R” “for some violence, disturbing images and language.”

This is ridiculous. Yes, there are some violent and/or disturbing scenes, but no more than recent PG-13 rated films like The Dark Knight, Cloverfield and Hellboy II. Just because something is based in reality (or a reality of “the other,” maybe?) doesn’t make its “disturbing images” any more or less disturbing.

Slumdog is an uplifting, message-based film that I’d easily consider a great film for entire families, more so than any of the examples I listed that got PG-13 ratings.

Hopefully, somehow, this won’t be the MPAA’s final answer. But I doubt it.

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