Study Shows PG-13 Films Contain More Gun Violence Than R-Rated Ones We’re only human, and it’s completely normal to for us humans to give in to our baser urges every once in a while. Maybe we eat an entire sleeve of Oreos in one sitting, or we half-ass the crossword puzzle in an in-flight magazine and just leave it there, denying the next person in that seat the chance for an unanswered puzzle. And sometimes, we just want to watch people with guns shoot other people with guns. It’s human nature, and for almost all of us there’s a thrill to be found in some well-choreographed Hollywood gun violence. But a new study from The Ohio State University and the Annenberg Public Policy Center finds that we may be overindulging in America’s new favorite pastime. You can read the full report here, but be advised- it contains several graphs and the word “homoscedasticity.” Parts of the study aren’t exactly a surprise; gun violence in films has more than doubled since 1950, and gun violence in PG-13 films has more than tripled since 1985. But here’s the big news: PG-13 films, which initially held “about as much gun violence” as any G or PG flick, now have “as much or more violence” than your average R-rated feature. The study also mentions the “weapons effect,” or the idea that mere exposure to weapons or violence can cause aggressive tendencies in viewers. Naturally, the more violence the PG-13 crowd is exposed to, the […]


Hot on the heels of winning a slew of awards at the Oscars, Harvey Weinstein has decided to go to war with the MPAA over the new documentary Bully, which was “slapped” with an R rating for language and lost an appeal to have it changed to PG-13. I’m not going to spend all my time pointing out the irony that Harvey Weinstein is a big bully himself, leveraging the tragic events in this new film to orchestrate a publicity stunt. Suffice it to say, if he were interested in actually having as many students as possible watch this film instead of making money, he could easily distribute censored screeners to schools with any offending language bleeped out. And why is he doing a little song-and-dance about releasing it “unrated” when he knows full well that the National Association of Theatre Owners will have to treat it like an NC-17 film (under the yoke and obligation of the MPAA)? Make no mistake… Weinstein’s in it for the money and not the cause. But let’s leave his personal bullying out of the argument and consider the possibility that an R rating might, in fact, be the right thing for Bully.


Boiling Point

PG-13 gets a lot of flack from us mature audiences sometimes – and with good reason. Often we complain that movies that deserve an R (Live Free or Die Hard) get knocked down to a PG-13 rating and lose the edge that can make them great. Todd Brown over at TwitchFilm recently made the point that PG-13 killed the movies it was meant to save – that is, youth adventure films. While I’m all for any chance to poke PG-13 into the eye any chance I get (and jam a thumb into the MPAA some place where they’d rate it R for violence), I don’t really follow that PG-13 killed youth adventure movies. But don’t worry. It’s still a bit of bullshit for other reasons.


Breaking Dawn and the rest of its Twilight counterparts are infinitely fascinating because they stand as artistic entries dealing with gruesome subject matter (the love included) that’s aimed squarely at a young teen audience. So far, there’s been a profound emptiness in the movies, but since each installment has been inevitable, there’s been a flicker of a glimmer of a spark of some hope that it would be better than its predecessors. That hope still exists for the two part final entry, but USA Today is reporting that the film will be walking the fine line of shooting for a PG-13 sex scene and birthing scene. The question of how they’ll pull that off will make a major impact on the quality of the movie. Assuming the other parts of the movie are also quality. The point is that it could be the nail in the coffin or the scene that brings everything together. This glosses over a very obvious fact, though. They are shooting a sex scene for 12 year olds to watch. That’s a tough and creepy prospect that usually involves renting a panel van, but the key according to producer Wyck Godfrey is the perspective of the shots. Apparently it won’t be “soft core porn,” but a sex scene without sex usually turns out that way. There’s a challenge there. The production needs to fulfill a long-promised culmination of a relationship while also delivering it in a responsible way to young teenagers. Expect a lot of glowering.



Darren and Steve are best friends despite different upbringings and personalities. They both attend a mysterious Freak Show populated by fantastical beings, and Darren joins the ranks of the undead by becoming a vampire, but Steve will have his own, darker journey to go through.


John Carter of Mars

Time to geek out about John Carter of Mars moving forward in a big way. Plus, Andrew Stanton promises it won’t be a film for the kiddies.


Boiling Point: Hancock

When Executives mess with movies, Robert Fure aims to mess back by hitting them where it hurts – the internet.


Terminator 4

But sadly, not in an awesome shooting children way, like we saw in Terminator 2 and Terminator 3. In a marketing, PG-13 rating kind of way.


Eli Roth

Tired of just remaking Hostel over and over again, mediocre film talent Eli Roth has decided to stop bitching for a few weeks and make a PG-13 movie.


The PG-13/R Smackdown, Live on Pay-Per-View!

Something has been happening in Hollywood over the past few years, and some people are really getting their noses out of joint about it: PG-13ification of American cinema.

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