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March 13 2014

How The Avengers was almost rated R. interviews Kevin Feige on how the superhero ensemble almost got the dreaded R rating.

And the very well delivered "mewling quim" makes it through.
The clip they've used to illustrate the article is from the censored European dvd release. The spear protruding from Coulson's chest was very visible in the version in cinemas.
The trend towards PG-13 ratings is misguided at best. For a movie like The Avengers, PG-13 might work best. But sometimes an R rating is needed in order to do service to the story being being told. I wish artistic integrity could be a thing again in Hollywood.
The ratings standard is kind of a joke. The movies that were rated PG-13 often had more violence than rated R movies. Rated R movies had more swearing and sexual content. Teens are allowed to watch Hunger Games and see children being killed, but naked bodies and four-letter words will ruin them forever and so it has to be rated R?
what about Anya on the series finale of Buffy?
@the ninja report - I haven't seen it, but I hear that this is a great exposť of the ratings system.
I know I saw a version of The Avengers/Avengers Assemble in theatres where the first few centimetres of Loki's staff was sticking out of Coulson's sternum - more than once - so the tweaking to make it a tad less gruesome was done to copies meant for non-North American markets before they made it the copy used for BluRays and DVDs.

As for the language line? My knowledge of it comes down to a commentary track for Undercover Brother, with Eddie Griffin and Neil Patrick Harris: modern films are allowed ONE use of the F-word and it can't have a sexual connotation. More than one F-bomb or the sole F-bomb being used to denote a desire to engage in hot monkey loving? An "R" rating minimum.
Except in the theatrical cut of The Wolverine he uses the f word twice.
Maybe they relaxed the rules? There's a 11-year difference between Undercover Brother and The Wolverine, so it wouldn't astound me that the MPAA or whomever changed things ;D

[ edited by BlueEyedBrigadier on 2014-03-15 01:11 ]
Hm, I saw the spear going straight through Phil. I was so upset when I was told it was removed in DVD releases. I saw the clip with the edits, it doesn't hit as powerful. It's one of the reason's I've yet to buy the DVD.
Well, I think it has more to do with how much money is behind a film than any relaxing of mpaa rules. Seriously, The Wolverine has got to be one of the most R rated PG-13 movies ever. :P
Random recommendation - grab the extended cut of The Wolverine. A bunch more swear words and generally more violent. Which is what I want from that kind of film. But agreed, for a PG-13, I was surprised how R-Rated the theatrical cut of the Wolverine was!
The F word rule is generally still in place, I think, but can always be appealed for various reasons (the most famous appeal was on "All the President's Men" which got a pass for historical cursing.)No idea what "The Wolverine" excuse might have been!

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