Wednesday, September 1, 2010

MPAA Ratings: Hereafter, Let Me In, Love and Other Drugs

We're getting close to awards season, and it's worth noting that a film's MPAA rating does have a certain impact on a film's Oscar potential. For the past five years, the Best Picture winner has been an R-rated film, and six of the nominees last year had that same rating. As a rule, if it's not Pixar, the chances of a G or PG film being nominated are slim, and most PG-13 films just aren't as daring as R-rated films. The Academy awards films that go that extra mile, and a rating usually indicates if they will or won't. So on to our ratings this week.

Clint Eastwood's Hereafter was rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images, and for brief strong language. Not R-rated, but no team-up between Clint Eastwood and Peter Morgan needs to be in order to be spectacular. Another Year was rated PG-13 for some language, but that film has already gotten stellar reviews from Cannes, so no worries there. Love and Other Drugs was rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, and some drug material. It's the only rating this week that I really wasn't expecting, because the trailer doesn't hint at much. This kind of bodes well for Edward Zwick's comedy. And finally, Let Me In was rated R for strong bloody horror violence, language and a brief sexual situation, but no surprise there.

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