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Michael Moore rejects 'R' rating for his latest movie

Director Michael Moore's latest documentary,

Director Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next," has been acquired by a newly formed, not-yet-named distribution label. Here, Moore attends the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Photo Credit: AP / Evan Agostini

Michael Moore says he will reject the "R" rating assigned to his latest film, "Where to Invade Next."

The film, a documentary that encourages America to look to other countries for better ways to handle health care, employee benefits, college tuition and other socio-economic issues, has been rated R by the MPAA for "language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity," according to a news release by the filmmakers.

The release noted that R ratings have frequently been assigned to Moore's politically charged films, including "Bowling for Columbine" and "Farhenheit 9/11."

"What is the real reason I keep getting all these 'R' ratings," Moore asked in a statement. "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.'"

The film's distributors -- Tom Quinn, Jason Janego and Tim League -- went even further, accusing the MPAA of being "un-American."

"With this rating, the MPAA is effectively telling high schoolers they just aren't mature enough to handle or discuss important issues directly affecting their pursuit of the American dream," the distributors said. "The notion that a teenager can't walk into a theater and see 'Where to Invade Next' is ridiculous and frankly un-American."

"Where to Invade Next" is scheduled for release Dec. 23.

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