The Expendables 3 Will be Rated PG-13

Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Randy Couture in The Expendables 3 (2014) Movie Image

Although the recent trailers for Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables 3” may give the impression that it’s following in the footsteps of the previous two blood-splatterin’ movies, that apparently is not the case. Or at least, not entirely.

There were news earlier that the film has earned itself an official PG-13 rating for “violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language.” IMDB.com’s listing for the film has since confirmed it.

The previous two movies were both rated R.

So while you’ll still get your violence, gunplay, and fisticuffs, they just won’t be all that graphic. As I recall, the first two movies had a ton of CGI blood splatters anyway, and I don’t remember anything too gruesome unless you count the astonishingly high bodycount, which you can still get away with without showing all the gory details.

Does this matter to you, the fan? I dunno. I guess it depends on what you expect from your “Expendables” movie. Make no mistake about it, though, this is something the producers (and likely Stallone, who is also a producer on the series) wanted. A PG-13 rating means opening the movie up to a bigger audience. It will be interesting to see if that translates into box office number. Or to be more specific, do under-17 moviegoers really fall into the franchise’s target audience?

The film, starring Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews (to name just a few), opens this August 15th.

Ronda Rousey in The Expendables 3 (2014) Movie Poster