I’m not sure what it is, but everyone seems to be overly concerned with movie ratings this year. Maybe it’s because the MPAA has been under such criticism lately, but the thing is, most of the complaints we’ve heard about movie ratings this year have had nothing to do with the MPAA. It’s all about the studios trying to cut a movie for their target market. Last week we started hearing some nasty rumours that Live Free or Die Hard would be PG-13, and of course everyone was hoping it would turn out to be nothing more than hearsay. After all, the first three Die Hard films were rated “R”, and have always been regarded as bad ass action movies for men with hairy chests. How could they possibly neuter John McClane like this? Fox would have to be crazy, right?
Well this week Bruce Willis confirmed that Die Hard 4 will indeed be a PG-13 film, and I have to say, I’m not that surprised. Considering that McClane has a son played by Justin Long in this movie, it was obvious that they were gearing it towards teens. Now the big question everyone is asking is does this mean he has to say, “Yippee Ki-yay Meal Farmer!” or something to that effect? Well, first of all, I hate the fact that all everyone cares about is that line. I mean, who the hell cares, we’ve heard it three times already! However, as the trailer indicates, he does indeed utter at least part of that classic line. I am willing to bet they could get away with a “motherfucker” in a PG-13 movie nowadays. However, if they can’t, I won’t be heart broken. The more important question is, what does this mean for the action in the film? Unlike a lot of other people, I don’t think it’s impossible to make a good PG-13 action movie. Haven’t all of the James Bond movies been PG-13? And isn’t Transformers rated PG-13? No one seems to be worried about that. I am adopting a wait and see attitude, but all you people who are going to boycott this movie because it’s not rated “R”… grow up!!! Besides, we obviously have nothing to worry about: Bruce Willis says it’s better than the first Die Hard movie! (Granted, he seems to have been drunk at the time).