According to Gillibrand, it’s important that teens see the film.
Gillibrand’s argument is the same as that of the Weinstein Company, who produced the movie, and Lee Hirsch, the director.
"It is heartbreaking that the MPAA, in adhering to a strict limit on certain words, would end up keeping this film from those who need to see it most," Hirsch told The Hollywood Reporter.
Other lawmakers who have signed the petition include Democratic Reps. Raul Grijalva (Ariz.), Jared Polis (Colo.), Jackie Speier (Calif.), Jesse Jackson Jr. (Ill.), Joe Baca (Calif.), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Dennis Kucinich (Ohio).
--This post was updated at 1:35 p.m.