There was a time before it was released, when some fans wondered if Suicide Squad would receive an R-rating from the MPAA, due to its villainous roster and seemingly amped up version of an already psychopathic character in The Joker. Of course those rumors turned out to be false, and what we’ve instead gotten is yet another summer blockbuster that very carefully rides the line between enough violence, but not too much violence in the MPAA’s eyes.
Fans aren’t the only ones upset by the movie’s almost laughably predictable PG-13 rating though, and it looks like some filmmakers are pretty upset that a movie about supervillains killing ash monsters with guns, bombs, baseball bats, katanas, and more would get a PG-13 rating, while another, violence-free film would get an R-rating for featuring adults smoking weed, about the least violent thing you could show in a movie.
Comedian, actor, writer, and director Mike Birbiglia recently took to Twitter to voice his frustrations with the MPAA, who gave his latest, great film Don’t Think Twice an R-rating for that very reason, comparing it to the upcoming release of the much more violent and darker Suicide Squad:
Suicide Squad has machine gun killings and bombings and got a PG-13 rating. @Dontthinkmovie gets an R because adults smoke pot. Confusing?
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) August 3, 2016
According to Variety, Birbilgia also tweeted “F*ck the MPAA,” before deleting it shortly after. However, Birbiglia wasn’t alone in his complaints either, with Judd Apatow quickly standing behind him on social media as well, continuing to point out some serious, evident flaws in the rating system right now:
Studios own the ratings board. Violence sells so they make pot and sex the scary thing so they seem caring. https://t.co/S3VpKxUXbu
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) August 3, 2016
This doesn’t come as that much of a surprise, as the MPAA’s acceptance of hardcore violence and disturbing behavior onscreen, but resistance towards foul language, drugs, and anything even remotely sexual is something that’s been apparent for years now, especially if you’ve been paying attention.
For context’s sake as well, Don’t Think Twice was given the R-rating for “some language and drug use,” while Suicide Squad was given the PG-13 for “sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language.”
Be honest though, if you had read those two descriptions without knowing the films, which would you have thought would get the R-rating?
Don’t Think Twice is in theatres now, while Suicide Squad is set to hit theatres on August 5th.
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