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.


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Probably more "humour", more cheese and less sense (if that's even possible) than the last one.. Concentrate on other things Mr Stallone, the Expendibles time is done.

The whole point of the expendables is old school ridiculous violence. What's the point?

And again it shows the same problems with the rating system that wolverine did, you can show insane levels of violence but as long as there's no blood you're 12a?????

Personally, I don't really care... I don't care if there is not much blood (which is mostly the requirement for PG-13). What I like about this old action stars is that they know how to nail a nicely choreographed fight. I didn't find the humour in the 2nd one too much either, it was cheesy, but in a nice way. I mean, we are going back to our 80s idols, HOW CHEESIER CAN IT GET. The concept is cheesy in itself.

Are you sure we're not talking about Taken 3?... The Legacy continues.

Are there any 12 year olds out there who want to see this? I mean I'd get dads might want to bring theirs in a "this is an action movie son" kind of way but would many 12 year olds be actively asking for this when they could instead go see transformers or the turtles again? Sly etc May have sold out for nothing.

I don't get this reluctance to show blood and vicera. Surely the success of The Raid 2 goes to show that adults are more than capable of paying to go see a well constructed action film?
I find the American ratings system to be very weird. Violence in PG-13 (heeelllooo Dark Knight pencil!) is ok as long as no blood is shown. And god forbid there is more than one f-bomb. Guy getting shot in the head is fine for the kids, but someone eff and jeff with it is a no-no. And sex? Well we can't be having that kinda thing now can we?.
Almost as bad as not being able to swear in certain comments sections ...... *adjusts tie* ;)

Excitement level - Expended

Yeah but as they're our 80's idols I want the type of films that they were in as well. I have very fond memories of watching Commando as a kid on VHS. Admittedly I was much younger than the 18 cert warranted, but it didn't warp my mind with all the violence ............. well may be a little but I still maintain that the one situation that involved a garden implement and a neighbour was purely in self defence!

Because we all know that making a 3rd film (threequel?) a more kiddie friendly experience always works - see Robocop 3 if you don't believe me!

I'm not sure they'd have to change the level of violence that much in any Expendables film for a lower rating. Neither of them were particularly realistic in their violence (I recall Eric Roberts being killed with a CGI knife in the first one) and so it's just of case of not adding the CGI blood. They're essentially live action cartoons, so I think PG-13 is the best place for them. Now, if they could just focus on trying to get one of them to be any good (and not just a big bowl of unfulfilled expectations, often confusing recognition with comedy - an "Epic/Disaster etc Movie" approach if you will), that would be great. Also, try and give Dolph something meaningful to do this time, or are the cast supposed to be expendable to match their characters?

More important than the amount of blood on screen is decently-marshalled action scenes. The first one did, Simon West's effort didn't. Can't remember the last time I've seen a much-trailed fight as disappointing as Stallone vs Van Damme.

I got news for Sly, the "next generation" doesn't know him or anyone else on that screen so don't try to reach out to them. Leave all the cursing and violence in and the fans will see it.
But maybe Sly wants to sell two versions of the film when it hits the DVD/Blu Ray market...

It makes zero sense to have the third movie PG-13. If the kids can't watch the first two, then they might be lost in this one. I just don't think it is necessary.

" Arnie and myselfs box office takings are f**ked so we need the kids money"

Very disappointing news.

Sly sold out for more money...Makes me sick, I lost my respect for him. The 1st and 2nd ones were huge success but no it's not enough, they want more. To hell with them all.

obviously "pg-13" (or 12A for us in the uk) is a cop out rating, but in the case of expendables it just like to actually see a good film that lives up to the reputations of its cast

Kind of weird since you also wrote this ...

"Sly is smart, he knows by adding "the young pretenders" he'll attract the younger audience, which means more box office success, more cash in his pocket, and more sequels. It's called the Movie Business, because it's a BUSINESS"

Make up your mind already.

And so ends my interest in Expendables 3

I'll take a PG-13 anyday over that laughable CGI blood from the first one

"we want to reach as many people as possible" = "We intentionally dumbed down the movie and sacrificed quality to make more $$$ and we don't give a crap because all you idiot fans will still pay to see it anyway"

Sly sold out to make money? You do realise being an actor/director/producer is his job? :)

I'm actually 100% for that kind of thing. Make it as violent as you want but hold down the language. Sex? Only in moderation, not gratuitous, tasteful and integral to the plot.

But let the heads roll and the the bellies split with chainsaws...pour on buckets of blood...just speak rather civilized about it.

I've always thought how easy it would be to put 2 soundtracks on the DVD, an R-rated one and a PG-13-rated one. That's got to be the easiest thing to do and it would boost sales for movies where "pervasive language" (I HATE that) is the main issue.

They could probably put the whole movie on the DVD in a "complete version" and a "cut" version dialing it down to PG-13.

Makes everybody happy at the same time!

That's a good idea.

Watch 'Joyeux Noel.'

Groovy point

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