MPAA Friday: Bruno Gets R, Drag Me to Hell PG-13

So does this mean Sam Raimi’s “Drag me to Hell” isn’t the fourth coming of “Evil Dead” that we’ve all been waiting for? Possibly, since it’s doubtful ol Sammy can get back to his low-budget horror groove if “Drag me to Hell” qualifies for a PG-13 rating, which it has officially gotten from the MPAA. Meanwhile, Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Bruno” has earned itself an R-rating after trimming some scenes (and possibly removing others) and re-submitting it to the MPAA. Previously, the MPAA had slapped the raunchy faux documentary with the dreaded NC-17.

“Drag me to Hell”, which is listed as a PG-13 film at IMDB.com for “for sequences of horror violence, terror, disturbing images and language”, stars Alison Lohman as a poor bank loan lass who finds herself cursed by an old gypsy after she denies the old bag a loan. Said loan involves visions of ugly things trying to drag her to hell, hence the title.

“Bruno”, which according to The BBC nabbed its R-rating after resubmitting a new cut to the MPAA, stars Sacha Baron Cohen as a gay fashion designer who comes to America for the express purpose of making cowboys skittish. He achieves this by riding around on horses while wearing a loincloth. Huh.