Thursday, June 21, 2007

PG 13

Die Hard 4.0 a PG 13 film; what the hell is going on?

One of the things drummed into me at university was the saying, "know your audience." So why have 20th Centry Fox decided to give Die Hard 4.0 a PG 13 rating when all the other films were at least a 15 certificate?

I can understand Fox wanting to open the franchise up to a wider audience, but by doing so aren't they alienating its loyal fans? Take Die Hard: Die Harder for instance. Originally released as an 18 certificate when it came out on video some of the swearing was dubbed so it could be released as a 15. It wasn't long though before the full uncensored 18 version followed.

As a fan I don't want my action cut, swearing dubbed and violence watered down just so Fox can make a few extra bucks. It didn't work with the third Robocop and I can't see it working for the fourth Die Hard.

How can a Die Hard film really be a PG 13?

9 comments:

David Bishop said...

Yippe-kay-yeah, mother lover!

Jason Arnopp said...

Shit. Didn't realise this. Doesn't bode well, although the trailer still looks great.

Since Die Hard With A Vengeance, the Mission: Impossible movies happened. Best explanation I can think of...

Phillip Barron said...

Maybe the swering/violence ratio is the same, but the criteria for the ratings have been slackened?

Today's 13 year olds know more swear words than any of us put together and are completely inured to violence.

And they've all got kids and are muggers and rapists.

It says so in The Daily Mail.

Oli said...

You can have one 'fuck' in a PG 13. I suggest they're saving it up for a good one... Oh, and Robocop 2 was crap despite being as gory and sweary as the great original.

Dom Carver said...

One fuck in a PG 13??? I'm beginning to think I won't bother.

Robocop 2 was OK, 3 was dire, even worse was the TV series.

Jason Arnopp said...

Just saw a trailer for DH 4.0 which slaps a 15 cert on it. And having asked a few journos who've seen it, they haven't reported any noticeable reduction in the violence/swearing quotients! Phew.

Dom Carver said...

Thank fuck for that! I was worried coz even Bruce was moaning about it.

Oli said...

Bruce just likes moaning. He's a grumpy old man.

Good Dog said...

PG 13 is an American classification. Since it wouldn't be a 12A over here, it's a 15.