BROWN: Action movies shouldn't be PG13
by Jessica Brown BarrowJournal.com;
Stallone’s project has now been downgraded to a PG-13 rating because in Stallone’s issued statement he says that “we owe it to the next generation.” When The Expendables was made a couple years back, he promised it would not be rated PG-13. When the sequel came out, he implied it would be PG-13 but ultimately it was not. It had been toned down in order to get Chuck Norris on board. Now, the third and final installment lost the rights to be rated R? What’s that about?
My buddies and I have been up in arms about this issue for nearly a month. We’ve tried to wrap our brains around it, but it doesn’t make much sense. From what we have theorized, it’s all about money which is a safe assumption because that is all Hollywood is about.
The basic gist of the franchise: Stallone heads up a group of burley men who are past their prime. They are called the Expendables because they are well, expendable (I know, a shocker). Clients pay them to take out the bad guys and the plot ends there. Cue lots of explosions, gun fire and one liners.
When the first film arrived on the scene, it was a throwback to the action movies of the 1980s and early 1990s. Through the growth of the series, more classic action stars have been added to the cast, proving they all still got it.
Had this been the first installment, a PG-13 wouldn’t be such a crime. However, in the final installment in which audiences are expecting the series to go out with the biggest bang, Stallone suddenly decides he “owes it to the next generation” to get the younger crowd into the film?
First I have to ask, what 13-year-old wants to see the third installment when they most likely missed the first two? I know plot isn’t all that relevant, but let’s be honest here. I don’t think a the next generation really cares for this franchise. The audience consists mostly of people who grew up with these classic action stars and maybe a few young outliers in the mix. Even people in their early twenties don’t care about
The Expendables, so I’m really perplexed as to why Stallone is trying to get young teens. I know I am generalizing and there will be a few teens who will scream out “I’m 14 and I love Stallone and Willis!” but action movies have select audiences. I feel as though Stallone is alienating them simply for money which might not be far off from the truth.
If Stallone is truly attempting to get the younger audiences in to the action genre, it’s sad to say that it will probably fail miserably. The truth is that action movies are dying. The next generation wants superhero movies. This year alone, we have X-Men, Spiderman, and Captain America films — all rated PG-13. These are the kinds of films making the money.
This cultural climate is not suited for Stallone’s action revival dream, unfortunately. He owes nothing to the next generation.
This movie shouldn’t owe anything to a generation that does not want this kind of film. From the beginning Stallone said this franchise would not be PG-13 because he wanted to keep it true to the action films of yesteryear. And now he goes back on his word. It’s truly disheartening. He owes it to the fans who have supported his career — and his coworker’s careers — through the years."
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