It is with an impossibly heavy heart that I relay this news. The Expendables 2 has been confirmed to be aiming for a PG-13 rating.
We all saw the signs: a female Expendable, the casting of Liam Hemsworth, and just the other day Chuck Norris claimed in an interview that he would only do the film if it were PG-13. Here are Sylvester Stallone’s official words (via Ain’t It Cool News):
“The PG13 rumor is true, but before your readers pass judgement, trust me when I say this film is LARGE in every way and delivers on every level. This movie touches on many emotions which we want to share with the broadest audience possible, BUT, fear not, this Barbeque of Grand scale Ass Bashing will not leave anyone hungry…Sly”
The thing is, what the Hell is Sly talking about with “the broadest audience possible”? Is there really anyone under 17 clamoring for this film? What happened to that whole ’80s throwback ideal? The one thing Sly had going for him was his willingness to do violent and edgy. How exactly will this compete with the Superhero Movies opening this summer? Ass Bashing indeed.
It’s been fun, guys. Looks like I’ll be waiting to pick this one up on disc when it comes “unrated”. Fuck.