If you’re looking to see what Hollywood has done to your favorite 1990s cheesy martial arts characters, and you’re in Russia — you better be 18.
The distributor in charge of releasing Power Rangers to the mostly European country has raised the minimum age requirements to see the film from 16 to 18. While WDSSPR — Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing — didn’t give a reason for the last-minute change that essentially made the film PG-13 to R, The Hollywood Reporter says it’s all Trini’s fault.
Trini is the Yellow Ranger, played by Becky G. And — spoiler alert — she’s gay.
That news has not gone down well with Russian lawmakers, especially Vitaly Milonov — the author of the gay “propaganda” ban from a few years ago — who not only slammed Power Rangers, but also its director, Dean Israelite.
“If fascist ideology is banned in our country, then (movies by) the likes of Dean Israelite should be banned first thing.”
In fact, according to the trade publication, Israelite is no different than some terrorist planting bombs inside toys of children, Milonov added.
Power Rangers was not necessarily expected to be too huge of an attraction in Russia anyhow. Hollywood typically is more focused on larger countries like China, and some of the combined countries in the European Union.
And, of course, the big wait is to see how Power Rangers will do in North America as it opens this weekend, especially with Beauty and the Beast destroying the box office last weekend — and likely poised to do something similar this weekend.
Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, R.J. Cyler, Ludi Lin and G. Critics are mixed about the film, lesbians or not, and mostly negative, according to Rotten Tomatoes. But that hasn’t stopped people from buying tickets to movies in the past, so we’ll just have to wait until Sunday to see how it all shakes out.
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