The Expendables 3 to be PG-13

News Simon Brew 19 May 2014 - 06:41

Sylvester Stallone confirms that the latest Expendables movie, The Expendables 3, is to be PG-13.

This seems to happen with each Expendables movie. In the months leading up to its release, there's talk of it getting a PG-13 rating. Then there's a bubble of protest, and then the movie is released as an R.

That said, there's a suspicion that The Expendables 3 may well land with a PG-13 this time around. Sylvester Stallone has been promoting the film at the Cannes Film Festival, and said that "we want to reach as many people as possible. It's very close to an R, believe me, it's right there. But I think we owe it to the next generation. We thought we'd join that club for a while".

Stallone also admits mistakes with the second Expendables film in particular, arguing "we went too far in the comedy and one liners" (if he's on about the groan-inducing moment where Arnie thinks he's John McClane, he is entirely correct), but that "I believe we finally got it right on the third one. It's kind of like marriage".

Er, okay. A protest group has already sprung up online protesting about the decision to go to for a PG-13 Expendables movie, but it strikes us as moot this time. We wouldn't be surprised if they didn't change their mind this time.

In truth, there's an awful lot you can get away with under the banner of PG-13. If it's tempered the movie in any way, though, that's where the line would have been crossed.

The Expendables 3 is in cinemas in August.

Deadline.

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