The MPAA board has really been sticking it to filmmakers when it comes to content. It’s been well publicized that McG, director of Terminator Salvation has been rallying to keep a lot of his film’s footage uncut, at the dismay of 20th Century Fox. They want a PG-13 rated film, and he wants an R.
While the jury is still out on that one, the upcoming Harold Ramis comedy Year One has been having it’s own rating woes. Last week the film was branded with an R, which led to an appeal by Ramis and producer Judd Apatow. They did eventually get the PG-13 rating they wanted, but it wasn’t for free.
According to THR, the filmmakers went back to the drawing board, or should I say the cutting board to make some changes. The original R rating stemmed from “some sexual content and language.” After the re-editing of the film, it’s received a PG-13 rating due to “crude and sexual content throughout, brief strong language and comic violence.” Is it just me or does that description sound even worse?
Apatow’s humor is naturally explicit, so I wonder if the cuts they made will effect the laughs. I wonder if Superbad or Knocked Up would have been as funny if they took out some of the language? The bottom line to all of this is money. They want this film to appeal to more than just the Apatow crowd, and that’s why the rating was appealed in the first place. It’s sucks that business has to dampen creativity, but its the nature of the beast.
Do you think they should have left Year One uncut, and R rated? Did they do the right thing by watering the film down?