Michael Moore’s docu Where To Invade Next is the first film to be distributed by former Radius-TWC heads Tom Quinn and Jason Janego since they left Harvey Weinstein to team with Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League. They’ve taken a page right out of the Harvey marketing playbook. They’ve announced that Moore will reject the R rating the MPAA gave the film, for language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity. This is something that will play out before the film opens December 23 in New York and Los Angeles.
Moore is no stranger to friction with the MPAA, including with the record-breaking hot-button docu, which Weinstein released under another label because Disney rejected it. Said Moore: “It’s amazing how 25 years have passed — we invented the Internet, gay marriage is legal and we elected an African-American President of the United States, but the MPAA is still intent on censoring footage that is available from any evening network news show. This film has been widely praised by critics for its warmth and humor and optimism. What is the real reason I keep getting all these R ratings. I wish the MPAA would just be honest and stick a label on my movies saying: ‘This movie contains dangerous ideas that the 99% may find upsetting and lead them to revolt. Teens will be the most agitated when they learn they will soon be $80,000 in debt just by going to school.'”