‘Father Stu’ Recut by Sony for PG-13 Re-Release in Theaters as ‘Father Stu: Reborn’

The Mark Wahlberg religious drama, originally rated R, is reset for Dec. 9

Mark Wahlberg in "Father Stu"
Columbia Pictures

Sony is bringing a PG-13 version of “Father Stu” titled “Father Stu: Reborn” back to life – and theaters – on Dec. 9.

The Columbia Pictures and Mark Wahlberg religious drama was originally rated R by the MPAA for “language throughout.” According to a spokesperson for Sony, “Reborn” will qualify for a PG-13 rating rather than an R due to its toned-down language. The film is rated PG-13 for language, an accident scene, sexual references, some violence and smoking.

The recut version will not feature any reshot or additional material.

Based on a true story, “Father Stu” revolves around amateur boxer Stuart Long (Wahlberg) who moves to Los Angeles when an injury cuts short his fledgling career. After he begins attending church in hopes of courting a Sunday school teacher, Stu has an epiphany that he is destined to become a Catholic priest.

The film was written and directed by Rosalind Ross and co-stars Mel Gibson, Jacki Weaver and Teresa Ruiz. Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Jordon Foss produced, with Ross, Miky Lee, Colleen Camp, Patrick Peach and Tony Grazia serving as executive producers.

“Father Stu” premiered in April 2022 to a $5.4 million opening and went on to gross $21.6 million at the worldwide box office. It has been available to stream on Netflix since September.

Scott Mendelson contributed to this report.