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An all-star legal team is taking on the MPAA in an attempt to overturn the R rating assigned to the documentary Bully.

The film, directed by Lee Hirsch, shines a light on America's bullying crisis by following five of the 13 million American children affected by it each year.

Attorneys David Boies and Ted Olsen are were prompted to suggest a lawsuit against the MPAA after learning of the Change.org petition started three weeks ago by Katy Butler, a 17-year-old openly lesbian high school student. The campaign, which aims to drop Bully's rating to PG-13, has garnered the signatures of nearly 450,000 to date, and has drawn the support of celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, Martha Stewart, Demi Lovato, Johnny Depp and  Michael Jordan.

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hits theaters in Los Angeles and New York on March 30, and will be released in more cities in April. (For what it's worth, the film has received a PG rating in Canada.)

See DeGeneres discuss the film on her show:


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If you'd like to sign the petition,  you can do so here.