A movie based on Christian values opened Thursday night at the Premier Theater in Burleson. However the North Texas church behind the movie "My Son" says it's shocked by the rating.
The pastor of Retta Baptist Church said many people were taken aback by the R rating at the theater. He also said numerous pastors and Christian organizations have screened it and give it a thumbs up.
"Pastors are kinda skittish when it comes to that R-rating and advertising that from the pulpit when they've been preaching against going to R rated movies for years, it kind of hurt us a little bit," said Chuck Kitchens with Retta Baptist Church.
"My Son" has a dominating Christian theme with a rating that would turn away many church goers and pastors.
The movie tells the story of a young couple who loses custody of their son, then tries to get him back, even to the point of breaking the law.
The controversy involves a scene depicting a shooting which happens inside a church.
Retta Baptist Church, which is mainly responsible for funding and producing the movie, attempted to appeal the rating with no success.
They carried on however, believing the message of Christ in the movie would still be heard.
"We had a mission in mind we wanted to accomplish something we wanted to reach out to people," said actor Michael Willbanks.
THE $25,000 budget is small potatoes by Hollywood standards but they gave it all the glitz and glamour of a Los Angeles premier.
"How else are you gonna catch everybody's attention? I mean obviously you see the crowd around here, obviously it drew attention," said Kristin Ford who watched the film.
"I think we live in a R rated world as it is and it's real life," said moviegoer Katie Cantrell.
The church got one email from a company that provides security to churches. The company took issue with the church shooting scene. FOX4 is told when they watched it, they gave it their support.
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