Usually, when a film is released without a rating, it’s because it contains so much mature content that it was going to get an NC-17 rating by the MPAA.
In turn, major theater chains usually treated unrated films as if they have an NC-17 rating and won’t screen the film for any audience.
AMC Theaters, however, is making an exception for the documentary 'Bully,' which the Weinstein Company announced yesterday would be released this Friday unrated after the MPAA refused to lower its R rating for the film.
Today, AMC said it would allow ticket buyers under the age of 17 to see 'Bully' with permission from parents/guardians: “AMC will be presenting Bully…as not rated. Guests younger than 17 can see the film if they are accompanied by a parent or adult guardian, or if they present a signed parental permission slip.”
That permission slip will be available on Wednesday at this link on AMC’s website. The film opens in New York and in Los Angeles on Friday, and expands into other theaters nationwide over the coming weeks.