To see a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse, you have to be 18 years or older or be accompanied by a parent. Unless you want to see Michael Moore’s “Where To Invade Next,” which Drafthouse Films is distributing.
To wit, a letter from Drathouse founder/CEO Tim League:
“Dear Parents of America:
We have important news at the Alamo Drafthouse. For the first time ever, we are relaxing our 18 and up age policy for one film: WHERE TO INVADE NEXT.
Why? We simply don’t believe WHERE TO INVADE NEXT should have received an R rating from the MPAA. We don’t want that rating and our own age policies to get in the way of teens and their parents seeing this film.
So, for the run of the WHERE TO INVADE NEXT we will allow teens age 15 and up on their own — yes, it’s that important.
Your teens can watch by themselves at any Alamo Drafthouse, but they first have to agree to our policies of conduct at the cinema by signing up for our free Victory Vanguard program.
During the run of WHERE TO INVADE NEXT we will be fast-tracking all Victory Vangaurd applications. More on the program can be found here.
Even though teens can see the film on their own, we strongly encourage you to come to see it with them. There is so much to talk about in this film and you will want to be a part of the conversation.
Full disclosure: I am involved in the distribution of this film. But this is not about selling tickets; it’s about this film’s message reaching the next generation of American voters. It is also important to note that MPAA guidelines are just that, guidelines — they are not law. Common Sense Media gave WHERE TO INVADE NEXT 4 stars, recommending it for ages 15 and up.
Nevertheless, the film got stuck with R. If your kids come to see this, they will experience:
– Some swear words
– Students enjoying free college education
– Children eating healthy school lunches
– Happy Italians on vacation
– Real violence in American prisons
– And… a brief moment of a naked German guy coming out of a hot tub.
See you at the movies,
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema”