‘Year One’ Goes From R To PG-13

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year one Year One Goes From R To PG 13

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.

Soure: /Film

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  1. Movie looks like crap to me.

    And I absolutely HATE when they taken an R-rated movie and take a pocket knife to it to trim it JUST enough to get a PG-13. That leaves it essentially an R without a couple of minutes that were over the top, yet sucks in all the pre-teens and parents with little kids who don’t bother to research a movie prior to going to it.

    Vic

  2. yeah I am not happy about it. Any time you see somebody striving for that rating, it is always annoyingly noticable in the final theatrical cut. That is extremely irritating to be watching a movie and see the suspense of a joke build up and then it is like they edit out the punch line.
    “knock knock” “whos there?” “…”

  3. I totally agree with you, Vic. If it originally got an R rating, then cutting it down to PG-13 results in a uneven film. It still pushes the line, it’s still not suitable for kids, but all the stuff that makes an R movie fun (gratuitios nudity and violence) are no longer there.

  4. I agree with you Vic. And the trailer didn’t really make me want to see it anytime soon either actually.

  5. I recall the neutered theatrical cut of Die Hard 4: Die Harderer to Death and just going, “jeez, I can see exactly where the movie was cut to make it PG-13… but the extra footage couldn’t possibly polish this turd.” Year One‘s trailer leaves me with the same cold feeling. Michael Cera’s really starting to wear out his welcome with me. “Wow, in this movie he’s a shy, tongue-tied, whinging milquetoast. What range and depth.”

  6. Looks like I am in the minority:P

  7. Really, there’s only a very few movies I will ever care about Cera in- Arrested Development, Scott Pilgrim, and I have to say I enjoyed Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

    This, however, doesn’t strike me as anything special. Jack Black may be the cause for that.

  8. I hope you all will be making these same complaints about Wolverine when it comes out. It’s still “not yet rated” which suggests they’re trying to cram it too into a PG-13 rating.

    I hope these are objective complaints about Year One and not some indirect way of complaining about the fact that this film is subverting biblical lore or anything. I hope.

  9. Kofi,

    If you’re referring to me, no, that’s not it. I hate it when ANY film is shot in a manner that SHOULD get it an R rating (and I’m not saying that’s a bad thing at all, I love R movies) – and then they shave just enough sex/violence/language off it to BARELY get it a PG-13.

    If a movie starts out being shot as a PG-13 based on script and visuals, fine (even though I feel like they keep raising the bar on what gets through on that rating). But if a movie is MEANT to be R, release it that way.

    I’d be just as annoyed if they took a G-rated movie and threw in a few mild curse words and innuendo just to make it PG so older kids wouldn’t think it was a “kiddie movie.”

    Vic

  10. Vic,

    I wasn’t just referring to you. After that one comment a reader left about how Fast&Furious promoted anti-God lesbianism, I get a little worried about the religious zealots out there.

  11. i was planning to watch it, but now with the cut i dont think that i will. i will wait for the dvd instead.

  12. to be honest I thought this would be PG when i saw the trailer. Now however after watching it again I actually think this could be entertaining. However I really do think Jack Black is sooo overhyped these days and he only has a few COstaring roles that are funny, every movie which he is the lead ends up being garbage. Except maybe like kung fu panda( which i enjoyed). I loved his performance as the heroin addicted actor in Tropic Thunder now that was classic. Also his role in Saving Silverman as the gay best friend/slob was brilliant. Cera is pretty funny as well especially in superbad. Bottom line= has potential to be funny but id expect way more outta cera on this one.

  13. The movie was not funny regardless of the retooling of the rating. I do think it should have remained R. It’s shameful that they try to scale it down for younger kids when it’s not appropriate at all! The underlying story line of Jack Black leaving the “band” tribe AGAIN is losing it’s appeal. I thought the trailer looked funny but I walked out after 5 minutes. No more for me. Jack has run his course.