Christian Movie Receives R-rating for its Biblical Message


by Carly Hill

In the last couple of decades, we’ve witnessed a very dramatic flip in morality. I’d go as far as to say that standards of morality have literally been turned upside down. What was previously thought to be a grave offense is now embraced and taught to our children. What was once considered morality is now bigotry.

A perfect example of this is displayed in the controversy over a new faith-based film, “My Son” that received an R-rating. The director of the flick, Jarod O’Flaherty says that he suspects the film was given this rating simply because of its Christian message.

O’Flaherty told Fox News, “First of all there’s no [bad]language in the film at all…but when you compare the content that is this film to even the mildest PG-13 action movies that are out there, the content of our film comes in as much less graphic… So it raises some questions about what was it in this film that got us the R-rating?”

Sex. Drug references. Nudity. Cussing. Violence. Those are the types of things that will get a movie stamped with an R-rating. But, these are not features shown in the movie. The one argument that could be made would be that there is mild violence. I’ve not seen the movie, but apparently, there is a scene where a shooter comes in and shoots inside of a church. The director claims that the way the low-budget movie was filmed portrays this tastefully and in a way that isn’t even close to as graphic as you’d see in any comparable movie with a shooting scene.

“[I think] it’s a reflection of how Hollywood views Jesus in general.” O’Flaherty said. “If you, in an action flick are shootin’ up a bunch of zombies and you utter His name as a profanity, then hey – that’s a PG-13 rating, but if you’re in a real world tragedy and you’re talking about His love and forgiveness, well then that deserves an R-rating. I mean, the evidence speaks for itself.”

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