Saturday, May 17, 2008

Prince Caspian's rating

The biggest inexplicable mistake of the weekend has been the PG rating for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. It is a very violent film, including one suggested decapitation. How it got a PG rating, besides Disney muscle, no one seems to know. Somehow the cursing in Once is so corrupting of teenagers (because Heaven knows they don't use that sort of language) that it requires an R rating, but decapitations for children? Ah, you just need a little parental guidance to explain it. Bogus.

6 comments:

Pinko Punko said...

A friend watched Once with their four year old, and the four year old loved it. It was a fairy tale. That rating was such a fooking travesty. This comment is Rated R.

K. Bowen said...

Well, maybe that explains why you dislike Susan Sarandon.

Pinko Punko said...

I like Susan Sarandon. She was even great in Speed Racer, as with all family films, female characters in general get the shaft. Trixie was actually somewhat OK, she had talents and she wasn't the object to be pursued and possessed a la Meganfoxatron. Moms Racer was a loving, wonderful mom. This is great. She was also the idealized happy homemaker with the thinnest character and no role outside of being an awesome mom, which we learn from our [redacted] friends is the highest calling for a woman.

Daniel G. said...

Having seen this last night, I'm glad I'm not the only one surprised by the rating. I was literally shocked to find out (afterwards) that it was PG. I thought it was a nude scene or a few bloody killing scenes from an R.

K. Bowen said...

Daniel,
You and me both.

Sometimes I wonder if the rating hasn't become less an advisory than an audience guide. Once is an R because it's geared toward adults. This is PG because there are kids in it. But really, I just think it's Disney muscle.

I do wonder if the violence was something of a drag on the box office. It performed healthily, but under the first, which was a December release, and it played nearly 4,000 screens. It also seems to have dipped as the weekend went along. But I haven't looked in depth at the numbers, so I could be totally wrong.

Pinko Punko said...

I'm not convinced the Narnia books are any good, and the mystery and attractiveness of the first book is that it is 100% geared toward children in a way the rest of the novels never seemed to match. Kids are all "wait, what?? how is this a sequel, everything's different??" Seriously, they might as well roll out "God Emperor of Dune"