If it's crap ... We'll tell you
For the last few days, a rumor has been floating around that 'The Expendables 2' would be downgrading from the R-rating of the first film to a softer PG-13. Furthermore, the cause of this change in rating was rumored to be a stipulation of Chuck Norris' contract. The notoriously conservative Norris revealed in an interview with a Polish website, of all places, that he had a problem with the harsh language of the first 'Expendables' that would keep young people from being able to see it, so he wouldn't do a movie like that. He told them they had to take out all the harsh language and that they did, resulting in a PG-13 rating. Of course the internet ran away with this, blasting the film for buckling to Norris' demands, but it was still unconfirmed. Well now, thanks to a message Stallone himself sent to AICN's Harry Knowles, at least a portion of this rumor has been confirmed. Here's what he said...
"The PG13 rumor 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 which we want to share with the broadest audience possible, BUT, fear not, this Barbeque of Grand scale Ass Bashing will not leave anyone hungry...Sly"
So yes, it is confirmed that 'The Expendables 2' will be PG-13, but how much of that decision was really based on Norris' proclivities is still dubious. This downgrade in rating seems to be leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of many fans, and I totally understand that. But honestly, the best moments of 'The Expendables,' the few great moments to be found, were not things that couldn't be recreated in a PG-13 film. Dial back on the CG blood, which is a nuisance anyway, and there's very little beyond the profanity that would have even earned it an R. Besides, let's consider the era in which many of these stars earned their popularity. This was a time when even PG movies packed a pretty serious punch, and the rating has only gotten more lenient with the advent of PG-13. Ultimately, I don't really care what the rating is as long as they fix the woeful story problems of the first film.
What do you guys think? Are you put off by this new rating?