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French family groups stunned by PG rating for ‘orgy’ film

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

PARIS, France, December 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Seth Rogen's risqué animated movie "Sausage Party" has grossed $140 million worldwide. While it garnered an "R" ("Restricted") rating in the United States for its profanity and unsubtle depiction of food characters engaging in sex, France's Ministry of Culture gave it a "PG" rating, allowing a child of 12 or older to view the film.

The Guardian calls the movie “an animated fable about the delusion of religion in a godless universe. … Its characters are horny and often blasphemous foodstuffs who at one point engage in a mass sex party.”

Pro-family Catholic groups have joined La Manif Pour Tous (LMPT), a pro-natural marriage association, to protest the grading.

Posting still pictures from the movie, which show animated food characters having sexual intercourse and oral sex, LMPT demanded the National Center of Cinematography and the Moving Image (CNC), which recommends grading levels, "explain how you can authorize the screening of a giant orgy for the whole family?”

Christian Democratic Party President Jean-Frédéric Poisson commented, "An orgy scene for 12-year-olds! Everything remains to be done to combat early exposure to pornography.”

The Association of Catholic Families warned Christians online that the movie, produced by the Sony Corporation, was essentially “an animated film giving the appearance of being intended for young people and children (like "Toy Story"), but whose content is not only coarse but also clearly pornographic under cover of being ‘politically incorrect.'”

Facing pressure from pro-family values grassroots organization Promouvoir, Minister of Culture Audrey Azoulay announced in January that the French rating system would be renovated.

France's CNC refused to comment on the "Sausage Party" controversy. The commission also gave “Fifty Shades of Grey,” a film centered on sadomasochism and bondage, the same approval rating for 12-year-olds and up.

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