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Michael Douglas-Robert De Niro Comedy ‘Last Vegas’ Appeals R-Rating

 MPAA's ruling cites 'brief sexual content" but CBS Films wants PG-13

CBS Films is appealing the R-rating given to its upcoming Michael Douglas-Robert De Niro comedy “Last Vegas,” set to open Nov. 1.

The Motion Picture Assn. of America’s ratings board cited “brief sexual content” for its R-rating, considered a box-office disadvantage even for adult comedies. The most likely outcome is that the filmmakers will make minor tweaks and wind up with a PG-13 rating.

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Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Mary Steenburgen co-star in "Last Vegas," which is directed by Jon Turteltaub ("National Treasure") from an original screenplay by Dan Fogelman. The plot follows four friends who throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one who's remained single.

CBS Films in February shifted the release date from Dec. 20 to Nov. 1, positioning it as counter-programming to Summit's young adult sci-fi film "Ender's Game."