Christian Film Starring Kevin Sorbo ‘The Reliant’ Gets R Rating Despite Family-Friendly Content

Kevin Sorbo in “The Reliant” movie promotional photo, 2017. | (

The Motion Picture Association of America gave Christian film “The Reliant” starring Kevin Sorbo and other Christian celebrities an R rating although it’s pegged faith-based and does not feature profanity, nudity, torture or extreme violence.

The film’s producer, Dr. J. P. Johnston, started an Indiegogo fundraising page to get support to “fight the MPAA’s ridiculously unfair R rating of ‘The Reliant.’”

“The Reliant” stars Sorbo (“Hercules”), The Benham Brothers (“War Room”), Brian Bosworth (“The Longest Yard”), Eric Roberts (“The Dark Knight”) and Mollee Gray (“High School Musical”).

According to the synopsis, the film takes place during an economic collapse that “precipitates widespread rioting and looting, forcing a 21-year-old lovesick girl to care for siblings in a stretch of woods bordered by lawless anarchy, wondering why a good God would let this happen.”

Johnston notes that “there’s no obscenity, no sexuality, no gore, and no horror in this movie.”

“There’s realistic suspense and combat, and perilous situations where civilians are attempting to defend themselves, but, thanks to careful counseling from experienced filmmakers, we remained vigilant to stay well below the level of violence that would be categorized as ‘R.'”

Johnston called the MPAA’s rating “a deliberate attempt to sabotage” the engaging, pro-Second Amendment theme, featured in the film. He maintained the target audience is “lovers of faith-based movies and meaningful, family-friendly entertainment.”

Tim Schmidt, the CEO of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association and executive producer of “The Reliant,” also described the film as “family friendly.”

“It seems the MPAA gave ‘The Reliant’ an R-rating due to their discomfort with how the movie depicts the responsible use of a firearm by a pre-teen boy. This boy saved the innocent lives of his own family members! It just doesn’t make sense to me,” Schmidt said, according to Laconia Daily Sun.

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Source: Christian Post