It’s always nice to have friends in high places, and in Hollywood, there are few higher than Steven Spielberg. It seems that when the MPAA got a look at Michael Bay’s first cut of Transformers, they delivered a rating of “R” for intense action and violence. Not wanting to cut the film, Bay called on executive producer Spielberg to plea with the ratings board to reconsider their decision… which they did, after some fast talking from Spielberg. Now they have settled on a PG-13 rating for the film instead.
This all sounds like great news for anyone who was hoping for massive robot battles and all out carnage in this movie, and while I agree that a Michael Bay movie without “intense action and violence” is not really worth much at all, I have to wonder… was this just a PR stunt? Did they just release this tidbit of news to reinforce the idea that this is not going to be a kiddie flick? Bottom line: it’s still rated PG-13, which it had to be if they wanted to reach their target audience of kids and young teens. I remain suspicious of the motives here, but I suppose at the very least it can’t be interpreted as bad news per se. Your thoughts?» Related Link: /Film