Julia Roberts new film gets gentler PG-13 rating

June 4, 2010 4:12:38 AM PDT
Julia Roberts' new film has gained a wider potential audience now that the rating has been lowered from R to PG-13. The filmmakers behind Roberts' upcoming drama "Eat Pray Love" got the R rating overturned by the Classification and Rating Appeals Board for the Motion Picture Association of America.

The Sony Pictures release had been rated R for "brief strong language." It now has a PG-13 tag for "brief strong language, some sexual references and male rear nudity." The film comes out Aug. 13.

An R rating prohibits those under 17 from seeing a movie unless accompanied by an adult.

The appeals board lowered the rating Wednesday after hearing arguments from the film's director, Ryan Murphy, and producer Dede Gardner.