G.I. Joe 2 Snags PG-13 Rating

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 8th, 2012 at 7:18 am,

G.I. Joe 2 not in 3D G.I. Joe 2 Snags PG 13 Rating

Roadblock, Lady Jaye, and a host of new “real American heroes” will face off against Firefly and other new villains inĀ G.I. Joe Retaliation, but don’t expect the butt-kicking action to get too bloody. Like its predecessor, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is going to have a PG-13 rating, according to the sequel’s director, Jon Chu.

Chu revealed the film’s rating in a recent Twitter update, though anyone with a working brain could have guessed that the movie would snag a PG-13 (despite promises of a grittier sequel). For a major action movie, a PG-13 rating is almost a necessity to ensure the biggest box office returns possible.

That being said, there’s no reason why a PG-13 movie can’t offer quality action (as (sort of) demonstrated by the first G.I. Joe film). The key is in the director – and despite his dance movie background, Jon Chu seems eager to show off his action skills.

The first G.I Joe movie didn’t score points with critics (notwithstanding our 3/5 star review) but it was fairly successful at the box office thanks to its over-the-top action. As an adaptation of the beloved G.I Joe cartoon, the movie was simple summer popcorn fare – no more, no less.

Fans of the first film aren’t going to come into the sequel expecting Storm Shadow to start lopping people’s heads off (at least I hope not). As long as Chu can provide some strong action set-pieces and develop the new characters enough to make them likable, the film will be successful at the box office regardless of its rating.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be in theaters on June 29, 2012

Source: Twitter via Comic Book Movie

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  1. So the Baroness won’t be back? I never was a fan of GI Joe I liked looking at Baroness. It’s a fun summer movie, I don’t expect a ground breaking story, I’ll save that for TDKR.

  2. No Baroness, No Scarlett means I am NOT seeing this movie.

  3. This is news…how exactly? I mean, really, what other rating was this movie ever going to get?

  4. Ray park. (The man who was the only good actor in the first movie and yet did not have a single line) is back as snake eyes in this movie. There for I am seeing it.

  5. FAST 5 was PG-13, and so was LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD… And so was TAKEN … and so was INDEPENDENCE DAY…. and so was every 007 JAMES BOND movie for the last 20 years… and so was The Bourne Identity.. Supremacy… Ultimatum… Why would PG-13 have ANY EFFECT on the action level? “But they can’t say any swear words!!!” And everybody knows that is what makes an action movie good!

    • I completely agree. Taken was one of the best movies in years. Its the writing that really makes a movie. Don’t dumb these things down, people do in fact like to think , especially in an action film. We do not need gratuitous sek, nudity, or gore to entertain us. GI Joe is amovie I want to feel comfortable sitting next to my kids watching. I want them to love these characters as much as I did at their age. I walked out of Transformers becuase of the smut and garbage beign fed to us on screen, I dont want to walk out on GI JOe.

      • I’ll have to disagree about Taken. I found it to be mediocre and cliched, with a very weak ending. If it weren’t for Liam Neeson in a role far below his level of talent, that movie would either be a straight-to-DVD flick, or something on at 2 a.m. on regular TV.

        If it weren’t made by some Hollywood studio, it could have been good.

    • Most of the movies you listed are terrible and doesn’t help you’re point. PG-13 still limits the creative process on what you can and can’t do, while making a movie, Why would you want any restriction any form art you were creating?

  6. This rating means for sure that Lady Jaye won’t be topless. Now, I’ll have to base my decision to see this off the trailer and reviews.

    • Dammit you base your decision on actually seeing the film and having your own opinion about it…

      • nuk60, no, there’s such a thing as making an informed decision. That’s what people with some level of intellect do.

        The notion that “one must see a movie to know what it’s like” is a wet, soggy argument.

      • Nuk69 – you must watch a lot of movies. People are paid to review films and tell me not to waste my time with Battlefield Earth, Johnny English, or Spice World. I trust that they haven’t mislead me. Also, trailers are a good indication of what is worth watching. I don’t need to watch entire movies to make my decision on wasting my time on a film.

  7. Could give a crap… I just hope its good.

  8. Language asie, you can’t honestly say that films like Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan and Starship Troopers could’ve been, as good or the same with PG-13. Between the likes of Ridley Scott and Guillermo Del Toro openly saying they prefer to work with the R rating and a bunch of pretentious wannabe elitists who jump on their high horse whenever ratings are brought up, I’ll side with the former.

    That being said, G.I. Joe isn’t a serious war film, it’s meant to be a fun, light breezy adventure film. There’s no reason it needs an R.

  9. Wow…well..ok…does it really matta if this thing is Garbage?
    Hey fellow “True Belivers! Was that storyline about the agents being in Brooklyn and having predestrian jobs true…?
    They would have to re group the Troops…something like that…maybe..forget it..

    It just better be good

  10. Mr. Rob Frappier, why do guys like you here at Screenrant only know what you see on TV and the GI JOE cartoon, when the comic books are far superior? Are you aware that Snake Eyes’ role on the team, his relationship with Scarlett and rivalry with Storm Shadow were non-existent in the cartoons? The Marvel comic book source material by Larry Hama is what the filmakers should be drawing from, and that’s why the first movie was panned. The comics were beloved, not the cartoons. The comics were like a comic book version of a Tom Clancy novel; the cartoons were disposable 80′s TV garbage, like the He-Man and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This sequel is doing away with way too many characters, and not having Scarlett in the sequel is unfogivable. You can’t have Snake Eyes in the film without Scarlett, who is his other half. Not having Baroness or Zartan in the film is also a negative. This film series needs to be scrapped and a reboot that is more faithful to the comics is required.