It was reported recently that the upcoming comedy Year One, starring Jack Black and Michael Cera, was refused its appeal by producer Judd Apatow and co-writer/director Harold Ramis to be rated PG-13. When it was first presented to the MPAA for review, it was instantly slapped with an R-rating, much to the dismay of the filmmakers.
In an attempt to get it the sought-after PG-13 rating (so that it can make as much money possible), the fimmakers have re-cut the film and re-presented it the MPAA, finally resulting in them granting the PG-13 label.
The current age-rating description attached to the historical comedy is, “PG-13 – for crude and sexual content throughout, brief strong language and comic violence.” It certainly sounds like it was on the fence between R and PG-13, and the filmmakers just had to lighten it here and there for it to fall on the desired side.
For those of you dismayed by this news, don’t worry – I’m pretty sure that when Year One eventually makes its way on DVD/Blu-ray there will be an extended/unrated or R-rated cut. Those of you who like your comedy as crude as possible need not fret.
Year One is a film I was skeptical about when it was first announced, but my mind was changed once I saw the trailer. It looks pretty damn hilarious – I just hope that’s representative of the actual movie and not just as a result of skillful movie trailer making.
What is your opinion about Year One being rated PG-13? Do you think it would have been better off rated R or does it not matter as long as it’s funny?
Year One is scheduled to be released on June 19th this year.