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Theater owner ditches 'Fahrenheit' film rating (PG-13 in Oakland, CA)
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Theater owner ditches 'Fahrenheit' film rating

By Bruce Gerstman


OAKLAND - The owner of the Grand Lake Theater, Allan Michaan, announced Friday that he is showing "Fahrenheit 9/11" with a PG-13 rating, rather than the R rating that the Motion Picture Association of America has recommended.

The manager of Lafayette's Park Theater, also owned by Michaan, said it will show the film with the same PG-13 rating. PG-13, which cautions parents about films that may be unsuitable for children under 13, gives minors more freedom to see the film without a guardian. The R rating on a film forbids anyone under 17 to see it without a guardian.

The recommended rating concerned Michaan because if Congress reinstated a military draft, teens would be most affected, he said in a written statement. Since January 2000, House and Senate committees have been considering the Universal National Service Act, twin bills that call for starting a military draft for men and women.

"It is our duty as responsible citizens in the business community as well as in the political sphere to allow young people access to as much information, opinion, discourse and debate on these topics as possible," he stated.
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