When I saw the first full Transformers trailer it blew me away, and apparently it was a pretty good indication of what the film will be like. It seems that the much-beloved (not) MPAA gave the movie an R-rating after viewing it, which is very much NOT what the studio wanted for the movie.
Since Steven Spielberg is an executive producer on the film, he got involved and wielded his mighty clout to get it knocked down to a PG-13. It is unknown at this point whether any cuts were made or whether he put the MPAA into a collective headlock and got them to change their minds.
So why did it get an initial R-rating?
According to Shia LaBeouf who stars in the film (so take this with a grain of salt):
"We went to get our MPAA rating, and this movie is for the masses, and we got an R rating because of the tension, not because of the curse words or nudity, but for sheer intensity. It's aneurysm-inducing."
First thought: Cool, sounds like a great summer roller-coaster ride. I'll just have to keep in mind that it's a Michael Bay film, so I'll check my brain at the door and enjoy the ride.
Second thought: I can't wait to see all the parents who will be bringing their four year olds to this because "it's a movie about toys."
Between the description above, the soda and candy that they'll buy, the kids will no doubt need some Ritalin to calm them down afterwards. "No doctor, I don't understand why my son vibrates and bounces off the walls and has a 3 second attention span."
Transformers opens July 4th.
Source: Sci-Fi Wire