Reading turns down Cameron Diaz movie and $55,000
READING, Mass. (WHDH) -- The Reading school committee has turned down an upcoming movie shoot at the Parker Middle School.
The movie, starring Cameron Diaz, filmed scenes in Newton earlier this week.
Columbia Pictures offered to pay $55,000 to rent the auditorium and gym at the Parker Middle School for less than a week but the school committee voted it down.
“There's always places to spend it but it's a matter of whether they want it and I guess they didn't want it this time,” said Brian Walker, a Reading resident.
The school committee based their decision in part on what some call inappropriate content for kids.
Chris Carusa, a Reading School Committee member said "Although the proposal stated a working title of ‘Basic Math,’ online resources indicated the title could be ‘Sex Tapes’ with an R rating. Some Committee members were concerned about the message this would send to our young adults.”
Some said the town could have used the money.
“If they want to stick to their values and stay Puritan, then good for them. But I'm not saying the town couldn't use the money, probably,” Walker said.
Although most parents feel it was the right decision.
“Yeah that's a lot of money, but if they made the decision not to do it than it must not be a big factor. The kids are more important,” Melanie Lawhorne said.
“This community feels very important about protecting our children and that's more important than anything else,” Marion Growney said.
“I don't think the money is an issue. It's a moral issue,” Mike Keenan said.
School officials also worried that because the filming would take place during school hours, it would be a distraction and a safety risk.