LOS ANGELES — The Classification and Rating Appeals Board today overturned the R rating given to the movie Perks of Being a Wallflower. The Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) had assigned the movie an R rating for “teen drug and alcohol use, and some sexual references.” The film is now rated PG-13 “on appeal for mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content including references, and a fight – all involving teens.”

In the appeal brought by Summit Entertainment, the Appeals Board heard statements on behalf of Perks of Being a Wallflower from Erik Fieg, President, Production Lionsgate Motion Picture Group and Stephen Chbosky, Director, Screenwriter and Author of the book on which the film is based. The Classification and Rating Administration was represented by Chairman Joan Graves.