Short film, “Rated R”, inspired by the Cape Cod incident

PROVINCETOWN — Los Angeles’ Reid Antin is now in Paris as he premieres his short film, “Rated R,” on the film festival circuit.

But last weekend he was at the Provincetown Film Festival where his 12-minute pic was featured as one of the shorts screened at the festival.

“Rated R” was Antin’s thesis project at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he earned a master’s degree.

This week, Antin is in Paris to screen his film at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival. In October, it will be seen at the New Orleans Film Festival.

“Rated R” is described as a “midnight dark comedy” about an 8-year-old boy’s plan to sneak into his first R-rated movie.

Filmmaker Reid Antin with his mother, Karin, at the 2022 Provincetown Film Festival. CAPE COD WAVE PHOTO

In Provincetown, 28-year-old Antin brought his mother, Karin Antin, who played a key role in the brainchild of the film.

“It’s because of her,” he said with a smile, pointing to his mother. “She would keep me from watching R-rated movies growing up. At the time, he thought to himself, how bad could an R-rated movie be?”

Antin remembers it all when he finally got to see his first R-rated movie.

He was 9 years old in 2003 when he saw “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” at Wellfleet Cinemas on Cape Cod.

How did a 9-year-old get into an R-rated movie? He had his own plan.

He had picked up a flyer from the theater that mistakenly listed the film as PG-13. “I showed it to mom and that’s how I got to see my first R-rated movie,” he said.

On the fact that a childhood incident inspired the film, Karin Antin said, “I thought it was interesting what he had in mind.” Watching the movie, she said, she laughed to herself at the difference between her and her son. “As a lawyer, I’m methodical and play by the rules and I have a son who doesn’t follow any rules,” she said.

Filmmaker Reid Antin’s t-shirt is inspired by his short film ‘R Rated’, which is set at the fictional Merry Time Multiplex Movie Theater. CAPE COD WAVE PHOTO

His movie, “Rated R,” stars 8-year-old child actor Kue Lawrence, whom Antin discovered at auditions in Los Angeles, after auditioning 100 kids.

“He was by far the best,” Antin said. Finding the right kid for the role was key.

“He was brilliant. If I chose the wrong boy, the movie would be a disaster. I chose the right child,” he said.

Besides the young boy in the film, the mother also has an important role. “It’s every mother’s nightmare,” Antin said.

Reid Antin grew up in Chappaqua, New York, but his family spent long summers at their home in Eastham on Cape Cod. He said he’s been going to the Provincetown Film Festival every year for years.

In fact, bringing his film to the Provincetown Film Festival feels like kismet for Antin. “I met my hero Quentin Tarantino here.”

It happened 14 years ago at the festival during a screening of “Pulp Fiction” at the Art House 2 theatre. Tarantino received the festival’s Filmmaker on the Edge award that year, 2008.

As for the sequel, Antin said he screened the film at CAA (Creative Arts Agency), one of Hollywood’s top talent agencies, and he said, “I’m working on a few projects.”

“Rated R” can be screened on the Provincetown Film Festival website until June 26.

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