Screen Junkies » PG-13 http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:34:42 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Must-See Video: WTF Happened to PG-13? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/must-see-video-wtf-happened-to-pg-13/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/must-see-video-wtf-happened-to-pg-13/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 19:22:10 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264698 The PG-13 rating was introduced in 1984 to serve as a necessary midway point between PG-rated family fare and R-rated adult stuff. And for a while, it worked perfectly — until studios realized that they'd reach a much larger audience by cutting the balls off R-rated movies and sanitizing them to PG-13 standards.

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From the face-peeling scene in Poltergeist to the dude getting his heart ripped out in Temple of Doom, ’80s PG flicks featured enough freaky imagery to make an entire generation of kids pee their Underoos.

The PG-13 rating was introduced in 1984 to serve as a necessary midway point between PG-rated family fare and R-rated adult stuff. And for a while, it worked perfectly — until studios realized that they’d reach a much larger audience by cutting the balls off R-rated movies and sanitizing them to PG-13 standards. This approach has turned potentially great R-rated movies into mediocre PG-13 ones, and is no longer a guarantee of success.

If you have 18 minutes to spare, check out this excellent video from GoodBadFlicks, which explains the entire sordid history of the PG-13 rating, and its unexpected aftermath. (Editor’s note: The Beastmaster was awesome, and McG seems like a douchebag.)

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‘The Expendables 2′ Will Be PG-13 Because Chuck Norris Demanded It http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-expendables-2-will-be-pg-13-because-chuck-norris-demanded-it/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-expendables-2-will-be-pg-13-because-chuck-norris-demanded-it/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:00:44 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=242933 He is difficult to say no to.

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When watching the copious amounts of exploding body parts in The Expendables my first thoughts were a) AWESOME, and b) Sylvester Stallone should direct Final Destination movies. But don’t count on seeing as many disgusting death scenes in the upcoming Simon West-directed sequel, The Expendables 2. The film is going to be rated PG-13. Thanks to Chuck Norris.

In all fairness, sources say that Norris implored that only vulgar language be cut from the film. Stallone has also done his best to ease worries, “Our final battle is one for the ages. The PG-13 rumour is true, but before your readers pass judgement, trust me when I say this film is LARGE in every way and delivers on every level. This movie touches on many emotions that we want to share with the broadest audience possible, BUT, fear not, this Barbeque of Grand scale Ass Bashing will not leave anyone hungry…”

After a pause, he followed that statement with, “No homo.”

Look, the original film showed a guy dying by essentially having his head kicked off. Let’s hope that the sequel at least matches the over-the-top violence of the first. Otherwise, what will they put the emphasis on? Plot?!? (AICN)

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PG-13ified Cut Of ‘The King’s Speech’ Opens April 1 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pg-13ified-cut-of-the-kings-speech-opens-april-1/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pg-13ified-cut-of-the-kings-speech-opens-april-1/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2011 17:25:31 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203417 If you only liked this year's best picture winner for the F-bombs, we've got some bad news for you.

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A new, less “fucky” version of The King’s Speech is coming to theaters on April first. That’s right, say goodbye to your precious fucks, fans of The King’s Speech, because in eight short days, a cut of the film is coming out that will replace all the instances of the word “fuck” with the word “shit,” which is apparently all you need to do to get your film downgraded to a PG-13 rating from an R. The new cut opens on 1000 screens, and it’s no April Fool. Here’s the press release:

The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that THE KING’S SPEECH PG-13, the family-friendly version of its Academy Award-winning historical drama about King George VI, will open on 1,000 screens nationwide on April 1, and will be the only version available in theatres. One of the year’s most celebrated, successful and beloved films, THE KING’S SPEECH was honored at the 83rd Academy Awards® with Oscars® for Best Picture, to producers Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin; Best Director, to helmer Tom Hooper; Best Actor, to star Colin Firth; and Best Original Screenplay, to screenwriter David Seidler. The announcement was made by TWC’s President of Theatrical Distribution and Home Entertainment Eric Lomis.

Said Lomis, “We are thankful to the MPAA for their wisdom and swift action in approving the release of THE KING’S SPEECH PG-13 release. The action enables those to whom it speaks most directly – young people who are troubled by stuttering, bullying and similar trials — to see it.”

The emotional impact of stuttering that was illuminated by THE KING’S SPEECH continues to be a topic of conversation with the recent statements by Vice President Joseph Biden about his own struggles with stammering. The release of THE KING’S SPEECH PG-13 offers families nationwide access to a positive story about stuttering and overcoming obstacles and social stigmas.

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