The big hullabaloo this morning was an interview Chuck Norris gave to some foreign newspaper saying that he would not have gotten involved with the cinematic musclefest that is “The Expendables 2” if there was too many vulgar language in the movie. So basically in order to ensure Norris’ commitment, the script had to be excised of all its cussing — i.e. become PG-13.
I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to think of that news. Could that really be true? I’ve often read translated overseas interviews that turned out to be almost completely wrong, and so was a little skeptical. As it turns out, whoever translated the interview got it right. Go figure.
“The Expendables 2” is, indeed, PG-13 unlike the first movie.
But before you cry foul — hear out Sylvester Stallone, who wrote in to AICN with this message:
Harry, the film is fantastic with Van Damme turning in an inspired performance… Our final battle is one for the ages. The PG13 rumor is true, but before your readers pass judgement, trust me when I say this film is LARGE in every way and delivers on every level. This movie touches on many emotions which we want to share with the broadest audience possible, BUT, fear not, this Barbeque of Grand scale Ass Bashing will not leave anyone hungry…Sly
I could be wrong, but I didn’t really recall all that much swearing in the first movie. Wasn’t the “R” for all the brutal violence Sly and company were perpetrating on each other?
In any case, with so many former A-list tough guys gathering for “The Expendables 2”, let’s face it, the sequel has become almost a parody of the genre (not to mention itself). So yeah, a PG-13 rating means no one drops the F-bomb. Or what is the rule? More than one or two F-bombs? Something like that.
Is a PG-13 rating for “The Expendables” really going to keep you from seeing it, though?