VOTD: The History of The PG-13 Rating

PG-13 RatingPitchfork created a very brief short film which gives us a cliff-notes history of the PG-13 rating. Watch the brief history the PG-13 rating animated short film alongside GoodBadFlicks ‘”WTF Happened to PG-13?”, embedded after the jump.

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Early Wednesday morning, one of the news stories I assumed was an April Fools joke was over on JoBlo.com. Their article said they exclusively confirmed the Deadpool movie was going to be PG-13. My thought was, “The movie is still filming. How could they possibly have a rating already?” Sure, maybe they could aim for a PG-13 but they couldn’t guarantee that until the MPAA saw a final cut of the movie. A believable, but obvious, April Fools Joke.

Well, it turns out not only was that story was a joke, it was officially orchestrated by 20th Century Fox to prove the opposite. A video has now made it online that looks like an Extra interview with Ryan Reynolds from the set of Deadpool but isn’t what it seems. At the end, you’ll know for sure Deadpool will be rated R.

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The reveal of Ryan Reynolds in the full Deadpool outfit last week was just the beginning. He and director Tim Miller are hard at work on the superhero film which is set for release February 12, 2016, and news continues to break about the film. After releasing the above image, an official logo was released, Reynolds talked about the film’s rating and then actress Brianna Hildebrand was cast as the mutant Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Read about all of the Deadpool movie news below. Read More »

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The question was never whether Sam Taylor-Johnson‘s Fifty Shades of Grey would feature lots of sex, but how much sex and what kind. Now we have a better idea, thanks to the MPAA.

The board has just given Fifty Shades of Grey an R, which is possibly disappointing but not terribly surprising. More interesting is the group’s “unusual” justification for that rating. More about the Fifty Shades of Grey R rating after the jump.  Read More »

New ‘Poltergeist’ Is Rated PG-13

Poltergeist Rated PG-13

The original Poltergeist was at the beginning of a ratings controversy that ended up creating the PG-13 rating, as the intense film went out as a PG movie. Now the remake, which is set for release next summer, is evidently way too hardcore for a PG. The 2015 Poltergeist is rated PG-13. Read More »

Terminator Genisys pg-13 rating

We don’t really know too much about the new Terminator movie Terminator Genisys, which features franchise star Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his franchise role as The Terminator, alongside Emilia Clarke as Sarah Conner, Jason Clarke as John Conner and Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese — the three points of a family triangle first outlined in James Cameron’s original Terminator. J.K. Simmons recently revealed that the new film, is actually a love story, which further pushes the rumors that the film is both a sequel and a reboot.

Courtney has recently been making the press rounds and has revealed a bunch of information about the upcoming film, claiming its not a reboot or a sequel, talking about the performance capture endoskeletons and admitting the movie will likely be rated PG-13 (both of which won’t please fans of the franchise). He also talked about the announced sequels, and more. Hit the jump to get all the details about the Terminator Genisys PG-13 rating and more!

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One of the most surprising news stories of the past week had to be the fact Fox finally greenlit a Deadpool movie. The film had been in development for years. Director Tim Miller was attached, a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick had been floating around the internet for years, and rumors swirled of test footage shot with star Ryan Reynolds. Finally, that footage leaked, showing a confident, vulgar Deadpool joyfully killing a group of men driving in an SUV. The tone of the comic was there, and yet one thought the film would happen.

Still, the leaked footage rekindled the buzz on the film and Fox is now eyeing a February 12, 2016 release date for Deadpool. It all begs the question, “How and why did this happen now?” One source says it’s because everyone figured out a way to make the decidedly R-rated character PG-13. Read more about the rumored Deadpool rating below. Read More »

VOTD: A Brief History of Censorship in Film

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Everyone knows about battles with the Motion Picture Association of America, in which directors and producers disagree with the board over a rating. The stories are plentiful, of being forced to cut a scene out of a film to get a lower rating, of a harsh rating given to a mild film, all that kind of stuff. You can kill literally millions of people in a movie and get a PG-13 if there’s no blood, but three F-words in a family drama lands a film an R rating. Long story short, the MPAA is a joke, but it’s just the culmination of a long history of censorship in film.

If you’re curious about what that long history entails, it’s told in a very brief manner by the team at CineFix. Their latest video in the Film School’D series is called A$$, ( . )( . ), and GUNS: Censorship in Cinema. In about 7 minutes, the video goes from the earliest instances of sex and violence in film through more modern fare like the doc, This Film Is Not Yet Rated. Check out the video below. Read More »

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Normally, the rating of a film isn’t particularly important. In fact, ratings can totally fail to represent the content of a film. When the Motion Picture Association of America gives a sweet movie like Boyhood an R and a huge, destructive movie like Transformers: Age of Extinction a PG-13, it’s obvious the association’s judgement is questionable. But every once in a while a rating indicates something significant about a film. Now another big summer franchise is about to go through a potentially telling ratings change.

After part one and two were rated R for “strong bloody violence,” The Expendables 3 has been rated PG-13, which suggests the franchise known for being so brutal might have been toned down. Read More »