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Soderbergh's Haywire R rating doesn't compare

Haywire.jpgSteven Soderbergh's Haywire had apparently already received an R rating from the MPAA and it had been put forward for an appeal. Now it would seem that the appeal for the film has failed and the R rating has been upheld. What that could potentially mean is that the PG-13 rating that Hollywood aims every single film at these days could miss out on the film.

Well, not really. They just need someone older than them to take them to see the film, but what this could mean is that Soderbergh will be under pressure to edit the film to deliver that PG-13, because that's what the studio want for every film.

It's no surprise that Steven Soderbergh's film Haywire is getting a harder certificate, after all this is the film starring Gina Carano the mixed martial artist fighter, and it looks like it's set for a more mature audience from the trailer, or at least it's not pampering to the teenage audience anyway.

I wonder if the studio are now leaning on Soderbergh to edit the film down to a PG-13 now that the story from Deadline tells us that the appeal has failed, after all that's the biggest audience according to the studios and they clearly want just about every film to hit that rating to get more bums on seats.

Interestingly though if everyone followed the MPAA guidance then they would see a tripling of the ticket sales as adults went to see the film first and then accompanied their teenagers to see it. Of course that wouldn't happen, but an R rating does not mean the death of a film.

Here's what the MPAA's FilmRatings.com have to say about an R rating:

R - Restricted. Children Under 17 Require Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian.

An R-rated motion picture, in the view of the Rating Board, contains some adult material. An R-rated motion picture may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements, so that parents are counseled to take this rating very seriously. Children under 17 are not allowed to attend R-rated motion pictures unaccompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Parents are strongly urged to find out more about R-rated motion pictures in determining their suitability for their children. Generally, it is not appropriate for parents to bring their young children with them to R-rated motion pictures.

Not that bad is it? Now here's what they say about Haywire, far from the detailed explanation that British audiences get from the BBFC, but it helps:

Rated R for some violence.

Now that is the comment that is highlighted for the film pending an appeal, but I suspect that's how it will remain. Interestingly I pulled out the reason for the PG-13 rating of Unknown (Filmstalker review):

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sexual content.

Hardly sounds as bad as "some violence", nor does it sound as bad as the rating reason that appeared for the film The Unknown Woman underneath Unknown:

Rated R for some disturbing violent content involving rape and torture, graphic nudity, sexuality and language.

Is Haywire really that bad? From the very sparse rating it doesn't sound as bad as Unknown which gained a PG-13 and it doesn't sound as bad as The Unknown Woman with which it shares an R rating.

However, never mind teenagers, hit the cinema with an adult and you'll be just fine and you'll all enjoy the movie and I'm sure if you're sensible people not prone to sporadic outbreaks of violence for no reason anyway, you'll not come out of the cinema and do anything bad.



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