PG-13 'King's Speech'; R-Rated 'Breaking Dawn'?

King's Speech PG-13 Twilight Breaking Dawn Rating

The non-restrictive PG-13 Rating has demonstrated itself to be a profitable one with respect to a film's box office prospects. It's partially for that reason that The Weinstein Company has been planning to release a PG-13 version of The King's Speech in theaters - and definitely the reason why Summit Entertainment's Breaking Dawn is angling for a PG-13 Rating.

Today brings the news that newly minted Best Picture Oscar winner King's Speech will be released in PG-13 form. Meanwhile, Twilight star Robert Pattinson says he's genuinely curious as to how director Bill Condon and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg are going to avoid delivering two Breaking Dawn films that are not R-Rated.

The King's Speech collected a total of four Oscars at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards and has grossed over $359 million worldwide in theaters, including around $133 million in the U.S. It's fair then to say that the decision to release a PG-13 version of the film - one that excludes a scene in which King George VI (Colin Firth) swears multiple times as part of a training exercise - isn't entirely motivated by financial interests.

Here's what the Weinstein Company had to say on the matter, in an official press release:

The emotional impact of stuttering that was illuminated by THE KING'S SPEECH continues to be a topic of conversation with the recent statements by Vice President Joseph Biden about his own struggles with stammering. The release of THE KING'S SPEECH PG-13 offers families nationwide access to a positive story about stuttering and overcoming obstacles and social stigmas.


Breaking Dawn

Official Breaking Dawn plot synopsis

In other news, Robert Pattinson spoke to EW about the final two films in The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn - and, as anyone who's read the original novel can tell you, he's got a solid reason to wonder how the movie adaptations are going to sneak by with only a PG-13 Rating.

Here's how he put it:

"I just can't see how it's going to be PG-13 ... unless they cut everything out... There's some interesting and weird stuff going on -- really very, very, very strange. It's great. For a big, mainstream movie, it's the most obscure storyline and really outside the box. It's a horror movie."

Rosenberg has stated before that the more graphic material in Breaking Dawn will occur off-screen or be alluded to in a non-explicit manner. Given what a cash cow the Twilight series is for Summit, this low-risk approach comes as no surprise. The tween fan crowd should be fine with it, since an R-Rating would prevent them from openly seeing the movies in theaters... truth be told, it's highly doubtful that anyone is strongly against the idea.


The PG-13 version of The King's Speech will be released next week on April 1st (not fooling around), while The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 hits theaters later this year on November 18th.

Do you have strong feelings about either film not being Rated R?

Source: The Weinstein Company, Entertainment Weekly (via Cinematical)

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