I could care less if Simon West‘s The Expendables 2 is PG-13 or R as long as it’s good and I just can’t see an MPAA rating as a mark of quality. The implication, though, is that the film is going to meet a certain quota of violence, and explicitness for that violence, and perhaps that there’s going to be plenty of cussing.
Word comes from Sylvester Stallone himself, straight to Craig Zablo, the proprietor of fan site Stallone Zone. Signore Stallion didn’t go into too much detail, just noting:
After taking in all the odd rumors and hearsay, EXPENDABLES II is an R.
I see he’s gone for the roman numerals there. Gravitas.
Of course, Stallone is pinning the PG-13 rating on “odd rumours and hearsay” but if that’s so, they’re odd rumours and hearsay that came out of his own mouth. Here’s his previous statement to AICN:
Harry, the film is fantastic with Van Damme turning in an inspired performance… Our final battle is one for the ages. 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.
Both statements seem to be legitimate, as both sites have a long history with Stallone and have passed on his word directly several times over the years.
It’s apparently a complete about face but what bought it on is anybody’s guess. At this stage Stallone could send an official explanation straight to my inbox and I’d have some doubts that he was telling me the whole truth.
Anyway, I don’t personally mind at all. I just hope that the film turns out to be a heck of a lot better than the first one.