You've got to love the MPAA, take a 90-minute film with only about six moments where any words are actually said on screen and give the film a PG-13 rating. Why? For brief strong language of course. The film is J.C. Chandor's All is Lost, which I saw and loved at this year's Cannes Film Festival (read my "A+" review here) and the moment the rating refers to comes about midway through the film and it is one single, solitary word. Based on the rating I'm pretty sure you can guess what that word is.
Of course, I guess you could argue a PG-13 doesn't really matter in this case, but that's hardly the point. The point is this arbitrary ratings system where the PG-13 for All is Lost is really not different than the PG-13 for films like The Dark Knight or, in the case of this bulletin, James Wan's Insidious: Chapter 2. After all, beyond posts like this, how many people are even looking at the rating reasons?
Also in today's bulletin is an R-rating for the Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington film 2 Guns, a rating for the Paul Patton rom-com Baggage Claim and a rating for this week's limited release of Violet & Daisy starring Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel.
Additionally we have ratings for Summit's geriatric actioner Red 2 and Tim Story's January 2014 action-comedy Ride Along starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart.
Oh, and yes, Curse of Chucky is what you think it is, a direct-to-video sequel to 2004's Seed of Chucky and it does feature Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky, but unfortunately, no Jennifer Tilly.
Yup, it's a packed one today and the complete bulletin is listed directly below.
Rated R For violence throughout, language and brief nudity.
Release Date: August 2, 2013
Rated R For violence, pervasive language and some sexual content.
Rated PG-13 For brief strong language.
Release Date: October 25, 2013
Rated R For strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality/nudity and drug content.
Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire
Rated PG-13 For violent disturbing images and brief strong language.
Rated PG-13 For sexual content and some language.
Release Date: September 27, 2013
Rated R For violence and some language.
Curse of Chucky
Rated R For bloody horror violence and for language.
Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey
Rated R For some language.
Extraordinary Adventure Of Adele Blanc-Sec
Rated PG For some violence, language, brief sensuality and rude humor.
Heart Of The Country
Rated PG For mild thematic elements.
I Give It A Year
Rated R For sexual content, language and some graphic nudity.
Rated PG-13 For intense sequences of terror and violence, and thematic elements.
Release Date: September 13, 2013
Mighty Mighty Monsters In Halloween Havoc
Rated PG For some rude humor and mild language.
Rated R For a scene of sexuality.
Our Wild Hearts
Rated PG For some thematic elements, language, brief violence and smoking.
Rated R For bloody horror violence, brief sexuality/nudity and some language.
Rated PG-13 For pervasive action and violence including frenetic gunplay, and for some language and drug material.
Release Date: July 19, 2013
Rated PG-13 For sequences of violence, sexual content and brief strong
Release Date: January 17, 2014
Rated R For language, some violence and a scene of sexuality.
Rated R For violence including torture, sexual content and language.
The Stranger Inside
Rated R For violent content including a rape, sexuality, nudity and language.
Rated PG-13 For some suggestive content and brief language.
Rated R For some language and brief nudity.
Rated R For violence, disturbing behavior and language.
Release Date: June 7, 2013
Rated R For strong horror violence, gruesome images and language.