A Burleson Church Accidentally Made an R-Rated Movie

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Pastor Chuck Kitchens sees God's hand at work in the creation of My Son, the first feature film produced by Burleson's Retta Baptist Church. As he's told the religious press, it was the Lord who placed its director, a 31-year-old film editor named Jarod O'Flaherty, in the pews every Sunday. It was to Him that the crew prayed during their day-long script-writing session, and it was He who assembled the cast.

"I believe that God puts people in churches to do the things that God wants to do," he told the Baptist Standard. "Rather than just keeping salt in the salt shaker, we decided to get out into the world."

The film's R rating, on the other hand, was the work of the decidedly secular MPAA.

"Forrest Gump was given a PG-13 rating. We're given an R, and you say 'There's got to be something else. ... There could be some kind of bias against our message, which is the presentation of the Gospel," Kitchens told WFAA in an interview on Tuesday.

The R, according to the movie poster, is for "some" drug use (a young mother smokes weed, then gets her kid taken away) and violence (the boy's father arms himself and raids a church to get the child back), both of which seem fairly staid when compared with Hollywood fare.

"When people have seen the film, they are shocked by the rating," Kitchens told the Southern Baptist Texan.

Nevertheless, despite worries that pastors might be hesitant to promote an R-rated movie from the pulpit, Retta Baptist is moving forward with its red-carpet premiere, scheduled for September 20 at Burleson's Premiere Cinema.

And maybe, just maybe, God was guiding the heathens at the MPAA for the attention the "Restricted" label was bound to generate. All the better for reaching the "unchurched." That said, here's the trailer:

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garlandhellhole
garlandhellhole

ED WOOD pulled the same scam....Kudos Baptists for not giving that money to starving children.  YOLO

mattgtr72
mattgtr72

Isolation + ignorance= Religious belief. That's why it thrives in small towns and third-world countries. Travel outside of your boundaries and you'll begin to know the truth. It's a lot like the end of that movie Logan's Run.

mattgtr72
mattgtr72

Isolation + ignorance= Religious belief. That's why it thrives in small towns and third-world countries. Travel outside of your boundaries and you'll begin to know the truth. It's a lot like the end of that movie Logan's Run.

mattgtr72
mattgtr72

Isolation + ignorance= Religious belief. That's why it thrives in small towns and third-world countries. Travel outside of your boundaries and you'll begin to know the truth. It's a lot like the end of that movie Logan's Run.

Holywood
Holywood

Based on the trailer it's rated "R" for Really bad acting

Tim Smathers
Tim Smathers

Do they get better reception when they put their arms up in the air like a satellite dish?

Oxtail
Oxtail

Wow. 2 posts in a row by Mr. Nicholson with an anti-religious slant. ....Someone must have jizzed in his jesus flakes this morning.

J_A_
J_A_

Burleson has a premiere cinema?

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

Just because you do not get your way, its doesn't automatically spell bias.  Both sides of the religious spectrum scream when the do not win.  I do not think that their is a anti-Christian conspiracy within the MPAA, in fact historically they have proven to be quite a bit of fuddy-duddys.

As far as comparing the rating to that of a 19 year old movie (as a few movies have been released in the interim), I am not positive what they (MPAA) were thinking.  However, when considering some of the themes in Forrest Gump (i.e. Vietnam battle scenes), I would have thought it would have been rated R (btw I fact checked it with imdb.com, it was rated PG-13). 

One theory I have was that the MPAA had a reasonable suspicion that these churches would make this movies required watching.  Consequently, they could also reasonably suspect they would take their kids.  The R rating would make parents think before they took their kids.  The chance that people were dragging their kids to see Forrest Gump was probably less likely.

For what its worth, the first draft of Saving Private Ryan was given an NC17 by the MPAA.  Therefore, the open scene was edited. Steven Spielberg did not scream about pro-Nazi sentiments in the MPAA.  Just as these pastors see an R rating as unmarketable, he knew the NC17 was the same.  Instead of bitching to the media, the pastors need to discuss the facts with the MPAA and see if some editing can resolve it.

However, this probably just the exposure they needed to promote the movie.

Jayne Hexa DessieMaul Ochoa
Jayne Hexa DessieMaul Ochoa

The pastor assumes that 1) only the "unchurched" go to an "R" rated movie, and that 2) an "R" rated movie would attract only the "unchurched." (I've seen plenty of "churched" people at "R" rated movies and interested in viewing "R" rated movies also.)

Maira Watts
Maira Watts

This is the same church that makes a "haunted house" during Halloween that tries to scare people into religion based on extreme life choices. I'm not surprised....

LouisFurr
LouisFurr

Sending your kids to church to be taught to believe in an imaginary sky god is child abuse.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Holywood 

I've not seen the film yet, but maybe 'R' is for Religious.

Or . . . Ridiculous.

Jaibird13
Jaibird13

@JaniceA , one with a red carpet no less. A red carpet Burleson premier @ Premier. Boy they'll have to hold the paparazzo back with a hose on that one. 

dmtrousd
dmtrousd

Or it could be debuting in Grand Prairie. I've always thought that the good people of GP oversold their city a bit much. I mean, 'Grand'? Looks more like Far West Garland.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Its the name of the theater.

Premiere Cinema 14.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@Jayne Hexa DessieMaul Ochoa I think it is more about he has no promotion money for the movies, therefore is using the media to promote it for free.  I can see the tweets he will be making "come see the film the MPAA tried to kill"

JustSaying
JustSaying

@LouisFurr Come on, man. You have to go with Lucy Furr or Lou Cipher. Your screen name doesn't work at all. Is it pronounced Lewis Furr or Louie Furr? Most people aren't even going to catch the reference to Satan and just giggle about fur. Your attempt at comedy is abuse to the reader.

mattgtr72
mattgtr72

@buddym @mattgtr72 Ooohh.....Burn! I actually only hit post once. Looks like a glitch. Now go be a good boy and worship something.

garlandhellhole
garlandhellhole

@dmtrousd how dare you compare the two thats like comparing the songwriting capabilities of lennon/mccartney to any country pop band right now

garlandhellhole
garlandhellhole

garland makes grand prairie seem like heaven with a dash of disneyland and utopiaville thrown in for good measure

J_A_
J_A_

@dmtrousd Should we rename the city Grand Ole Burleson?

LouisFurr
LouisFurr

@JustSaying @LouisFurr 


It wasn't an attempt at comedy its my opinion on the subject . As for the screen name its my cats name Justsaying is just so awesome dude. I guess you spent days coming up with that.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@JustSaying @LouisFurr Nice catch.  I read the comment and ignored the name.  Someone with that small a mind and that narrow interpretation of right and wrong is their own punishment.

dmtrousd
dmtrousd

It's a shout out to Furr's cafeteria, I thought.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@JustSaying @LouisFurr 

LOL. I totally didn't catch that. 

We actually took in a feral cat named Lucy Fur for a short time last year. She only hung around until the two kittens we also took were weened, though.

But her name was right on - mean little bitch, she was.

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