Roberts' 'Eat Pray Love' gets gentler PG-13 rating

Hollywood actress Julia Roberts gestures as she walks towards the sets of her film "Eat, Pray, Love" at Mirzapur village 65 kilometers (41 miles) south of New Delhi, India, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009. The person on the right is not identified. (AP Photo)

June 3, 2010 7:14:16 PM PDT
Julia Roberts' new film has gained a wider potential audience now that the rating has been lowered from R to PG-13.

The filmmakers behind Roberts' upcoming drama "Eat Pray Love" got the R rating overturned by the Classification and Rating Appeals Board for the Motion Picture Association of America.

The Sony Pictures release had been rated R for "brief strong language." It now has a PG-13 tag for "brief strong language, some sexual references and male rear nudity." The film comes out Aug. 13.

An R rating prohibits those under 17 from seeing a movie unless accompanied by an adult.

The appeals board lowered the rating Wednesday after hearing arguments from the film's director, Ryan Murphy, and producer Dede Gardner.