Dwayne Johnson has a big slate of new starring vehicles on the horizon. After he hits the road in The Fate of the Furious, he hits the beach in the reboot of the popular TV series Baywatch with co-stars Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Priyanka Chopra, Zac Efron, and others. Johnson, who portrays David Hasselhoff’s original character Mitch Buchanan, has already promised an “edgy” version of the famously suggestive Baywatch series starring Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson.
An international trailer for Baywatch further suggested that the film could be rated R, based on the strong language throughout. The prospects of stronger content would be something of a departure from the racy but restrained nature of the TV series, which originally ran from 1989-1999 with the exception of the 1990-91 season. Now a new report confirms what the trailer was subtly promising.
According to Exhibitor Relations on Twitter, Baywatch has officially received an R rating for "language throughout, crude sexual content, and graphic nudity".
Paramount's BAYWATCH is finally giving the people what they want--Rated R for language throughout, crude sexual content, and graphic nudity.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) March 15, 2017
The tweet suggests something even racier than expected, with the "crude sexual content, and graphic nudity" something of a surprise. It's certainly a bold move from the reboot; fans of the original TV series’ inspired cheesiness may not care about the film adaptation taking its content a step further and making it more graphic and vulgar, but it’s also sure to satisfy those who believe the constant tease of the original series would be better suited for a more mature audience.
In addition to the news about Baywatch’s rating, there is also a new trailer expected soon. Canadian website Alberta Film Ratings lists a new Baywatch trailer on its “Recently Classified Trailers” page, giving the trailer a PG rating. The trailer is dated to Friday, March 17, but there has yet to be a new trailer released online. Despite Baywatch's official R rating, none of the edgier content can be expected in the new PG-rated trailer.
The trailers that have already come out for Baywatch promise plenty of action and humor, and it’s now known that the R-rated nature of the dialogue is more than just another tease. The reboot still needs to tell a compelling story to be successful and can’t rely on crudeness alone to really satisfy the mature audiences it aims to attract. But there was a perceived demand for a more raunchy version of Baywatch, and Paramount’s reboot has a chance to deliver on that promise.
- Baywatch (2017) release date: May 25, 2017