David Schwimmer's violent film "Trust" loses ratings appeal

Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:52am EST
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Former "Friends" star David Schwimmer has lost a bid to soften the rating for his latest directing effort, a movie about the dangers of online predators.

"Trust," due out in theaters on April 1, was handed a restrictive "R" rating for "disturbing material involving the rape of a teen, language, sexual content and some violence."

An appeal filed by distributor Millennium Entertainment was fell on deaf ears at the Motion Picture Association of America's Classification and Rating Appeals Board, which on Wednesday upheld the original rating.

Executive producer Avi Lerner had said in a statement that it was important for the film be seen by teenagers, especially as a cautionary tale. Schwimmer had said that he would not modify the film in order to receive a lesser rating. The film stars Clive Owen and Catherine Keener.