Last week, we reported here that the McG action rom-com This Means War had been slapped with an R rating for sexual content, and many wondered what would happen, although most assumed it would be cut to a PG-13 rating for the widest audience. Today, is reporting that they have indeed cut the film and the MPAA has given the film a PG-13 rating, after they lost their appeal for a PG-13 of the original cut of the film.
With the release of the film looming (less than 3 weeks away), and its need to hit the Valentine’s Day date, I’m sure they didn’t want to waste time trying to lobby for a lower rating, they just went ahead and made the cuts. Since this is a McG film, we don’t have to worry about any artist’s vision being stomped, as he started with a commercial concept to begin with.
We’ve also learned a bit about what was cut, it turns out it wasn’t actual skin that got them the sexual content tag, but rather the crude jokes of the infamously dirty-mouthed Chelsea Handler, who is apparently in the film, and probably rips the same type of jokes she does on her late night show, but apparently they’re not for anyone under 17.
This Means War stars Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy as a love triangle where the men are spies and they put all their skills on the line to make sure they win the heart of the woman they love. The PG-13 rating will just open the film up to bigger business, more audiences for the Valentine’s Day holiday that will surely net the film some cash, even if it is a rip-off of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.