Open Road Films is set to release Max Steel on October 14th, 2016, based on the popular Mattel kids action figure line of toys. While the film was developed for the family friendly PG rating release, the MPAA ended up giving the movie a more restrictive PG-13 rating — this could be a financial nail of death for a film trying to attract audiences of younger children. The studio appealed the rating, but the Classification and Ratings Administration upheld their ruling.
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Let’s get real for a second here. Yes, there should be a movie rating system that informs audiences of the basic content of a movie, allowing parents and those with certain tastes to make the proper judgment call before they pull the trigger on buying movie tickets. It’s hard to imagine any decent person thinking that MPAA ratings are a bad idea on paper.
However, there’s a big difference between a sound concept and a strong execution and the MPAA has rightfully been under fire for as long as I can remember for decisions that are, well, boneheaded at best and sinister at worst. Yelling about the MPAA is nothing new! However, comedian and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia has tossed his two cents into this ongoing cluster cuss, putting the PG-13 rating of Suicide Squad in his sights.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
For all the talk about the depraved lengths Jared Leto went to in order to get inside the Joker’s head, there are apparently a few lines even the Clown Prince of Crime won’t cross. Like the ones that get you an R rating. The David Ayer-directed Suicide Squad has officially received a PG-13 rating from the MPAA, as has been Warner Bros.’ plan all along. Read on to read the board’s reasoning for the Suicide Squad PG-13 rating. Read More »
For the fourth time in his career, writer-director Kevin Smith had gotten into a disagreement with the Motion Picture Association of America, due to the rating of his latest film, Yoga Hosers. However, before the scheduled appeals screening even occurred, the MPAA took another look at the film and decided it was only fair to give Smith his desired PG-13 rating. Now that all of that MPAA nonsense is behind the director, he’s ready to take Yoga Hosers on tour this summer.
Find out below when and where you can see Smith present Yoga Hosers live.
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In news that manages to be surprising and entirely unsurprising all at once, Warner Bros. has revealed that their animated adaptation of the infamous comic Batman: The Killing Joke will be rated R. It’s surprising because Warner Bros.’ library of direct-to-DVD movies set in the DC superhero universe have traditionally been produced with younger audiences in mind. Yet, it’s unsurprising because writer Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland‘s 1988 one-shot is one of the grimmest Batman stories ever created and the last comic you’d want to hand off to the young superhero fan in your life.
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Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
Ever since Deadpool utterly demolished the box office last month, superhero movie fans and pundits have been waiting breathlessly for “the Deadpool effect” to take hold — that is, for R-rated superhero adventures to start flooding the multiplex. But so far, the Deadpool effect is more theory than fact. Yes, Wolverine 3 might be rated R, but those plans were in motion before Deadpool hit. Ditto the R-rated home video edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Meanwhile, Marvel Studios has been quite clear that its movies will stay PG-13, and it sounds like Warner Bros.’ competing DC universe isn’t in any rush to go R-rated either (Batman v Superman “ultimate edition” notwithstanding). Find out below why we shouldn’t expect any DC movies rated R. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 by Angie Han
Last month, Deadpool definitively proved that an R-rated superhero movie could make money. Lots of money. To date, it’s grossed $619 million and counting — more than the entire runs of films like X-Men: First Class and Ant-Man. Naturally, that led to lots of chatter about which other superheroes could go R-rated. Which other costumed heroes might benefit from the freedom to go dark, twisted, violent, sexy?
Well, only time will tell, but we do know which ones definitely won’t. Disney chairman Bob Iger has made it crystal clear that the men and women of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will not be going R-rated in the foreseeable future. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Superhero stories have been violent since their inception. Even when they mean well, they’re power fantasies at their core – someone with the power to make a change fights against a broken system to bring the bad guys to justice. The golden age comics of Batman and Superman may be sillier than their modern counterparts, but they still ultimately came down to tough good guys kicking villains in the pants. A superhero tale without fisticuffs is the exception, not the rule.
And yet, the conversation over violence in superhero tales has gotten louder and more prominent in recent years, as readers and critics alike have discussed where the boundary between acceptable and too far lies. Now, a new piece of of news has tossed a bucket of kerosene on that particular debate – there will be an “Ultimate Edition” of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and it will be rated R.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
Deadpool‘s $132 million opening would have been impressive under any circumstances, but it was especially noteworthy given the film’s R rating. The conventional wisdom has been that PG-13 is the way to go if you want to make lots of money, because an R rating, by its very nature, excludes a sizable chunk of the potential audience. But not only did the R rating not hurt Deadpool, it seemed to actually help. It signaled to moviegoers that this wasn’t going to be just another bland, safe comic book adaptation, and they turned out in droves to see what it would be.
Naturally, Hollywood has taken notice. For the past several days, the question has been whether Deadpool could spark a whole new wave of R-rated superhero movies. And while it’s too early to tell, it seems like 20th Century Fox, at least, is ready to take the plunge again. Rumor has it the studio is considering an R rating for the upcoming Wolverine movie, to be directed by James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman. Read More »
It’s fair to say most of us snuck into R-rated movies before we reached the magical age of 17. It’s easy to do, and you’d almost have to go out of your way to get caught, unless you went to a really strict movie theater. While plenty of kids and teens snuck in to see Deadpool this weekend, there’s another movie in theaters right now that a certain director thinks they should attend next.
Below, Michael Moore (Sicko) explains how anyone under the age of 17 can see his new documentary Where to Invade Next.
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