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20th January
2012
  

Whimp...

Expendables 2 to be PG-13 rated as strong language is too much for tough guy Chuck Norris

EXPENDABLES Movie Poster Promo Flyer The Expendables was an R Rated tough guy actioner with no shortage of strong language and arterial blood spurts.

It turns out that The Expendables 2 won't repeat the rating of its predecessor, and will instead be rated a more tame PG-13.

Chuck Norris explained in an interview for Gazeta:

In 'Expendables 2', there was a lot of vulgar dialogue in the screenplay. For this reason, many young people wouldn't be able to watch this. But I don't play in movies like this. Due to that, I said I wouldn't be a part of that if the hardcore language is not erased. Producers accepted my conditions and the movie will be classified in the category of PG-13.

Sylvester Stallone has also confirmed that the sequel will indeed be knocked down a ratings peg:

The PG13 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

 

20th March
2012
  

Update: Whimps Cast Out...

Expendables 2 to be R rated despite whimpy hype about a PG-13 rating

EXPENDABLES Movie Poster Promo FlyerThe Expendables was an R Rated tough guy actioner with no shortage of strong language and arterial blood spurts.

But previous hype about The Expendables 2 suggested the filmmakers were targeting a tame PG-13.

Chuck Norris explained in an interview for Gazeta:

In 'Expendables 2', there was a lot of vulgar dialogue in the screenplay. For this reason, many young people wouldn't be able to watch this. But I don't play in movies like this. Due to that, I said I wouldn't be a part of that if the hardcore language is not erased. Producers accepted my conditions and the movie will be classified in the category of PG-13.

Sylvester Stallone has also confirmed that the sequel will indeed be knocked down a ratings peg:

The PG13 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.

But now, Sylvester Stallone says that the PG-13 rating was nothing more than a rumor. He told StalloneZone:

After taking in all the odd rumors and hearsay, The Expendables II is an R.

 

2nd August
2012

 Updated: Expendable Hype...

The Expendables 2 rated R by the MPAA

expendables 2 There was an earlier episode of hype from Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Norris claiming that the up n coming The Expendables 2 would be PG-13 rated.

This hype had already been discredited by subsequent statements from the film makers but now it has been confirmed by the MPAA that the film has just been awarded an R rating. The MPAA also added the tag that the R rating is for strong bloody violence throughout.

The Expendables 2 stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Nan Yu, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's based on a screenplay co-written by Stallone and Richard Wenk, and directed by Simon West.

The film opens in U.S. theaters on August 17th, 2012.

Update: BBFC Rating

2nd August 2012. See  article from  bbfc.co.uk

The BBFC has passed the cinema release of Expendables 2 as 15 uncut for strong bloody violence.

It is expected to open in the UK on 16th August 2012.

 

19th May
2014

 Update: The Expendable Expendables 3...

Stallone says that the latest in the series will be PG-13 rated

expendables 3 Sylvester Stallone has stated that his forthcoming Expendables 3 will be PG-13 rated.

The series so far has prided itself in bringing back the bloody, R-rated violence of the films of the 80s, but Expendables 2 was also hyped up by Chuck Norris who falsely claimed that the film was targeting a PG-13 rating.

Despite the latest PG-13 rating, Stallone did note that: it's very close to an R, believe me, it's right there .

Stallone also commented on his approach towards this sequel and how it differs from the first two. He stated:

With the first one, I didn't know which direction to go. It was experimental, more dramatic and heavier. In the second one, I think we went too far in the comedy and one liners. I realized we should get back to being more dramatic. When the action starts I don't like to do jokes. So, I believe we finally got it right on the third one. It's kind of like marriage.

Response to the film's new rating has not been very kind by the fans thus far, as there is already a Facebook group boycotting the movie if it does not have an R-rating attached to it.

The film is set for release on 14th August 2014 and there is as yet no official MPAA rating.

 

19th August
2014

 Offsite Article: The Expendables team fails its primary objective...

Expendables 3 DVD Sylvester StalloneDid piracy and/or a PG-13 rating doom the box office takings for Expendables 3?

See article from popmatters.com

 

25th August
2014

 Update: The Expendable Expendables 3...

No sign of a 'harder cut' for UK home video
Expendables 3 Blu ray Sylvester Stallone The Expendables 3 is a 2014 USA action adventure thriller by Patrick Hughes.
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

The latest episode in the previously R rated series was controversially toned down for a child friendly MPAA PG-13 rating.

Stallone suggested during pre-release hype that there will be a 'harder' version released on home video. However there is no sign of this for the first batch of home video releases. Or at lease no sign of an extended version on promotional material provided to Amazon UK.

 

24th November
2014

 Update: Action violence didn't turn out so expendable...

Stallone says Expendables 4 will be R rated
Expendables 3 Blu ray Sylvester Stallone Extended Expendables 1 and 2 established a hard edge to the Stallone's action series but the 3rd episode was toned down to PG-13 in search of a larger audience. This didn't turn out to be the case but this could also be down to audience fatigue often associated with multiple sequels.

Either way Stallone has said in an interview with CraveOnline that th enext film with return to being R rated.

Stallone was asked: Do you think future Expendables movies should be R-rated from the get go? He replied:

I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone's part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I'm quite certain it won't happen again.