No, There Should NOT Be a PG-13 Version of ‘Deadpool’

By January 19, 2016

Alright, let’s just cut through all of the bullshit right now.

Over the past few weeks, I have watched in shocked amazement as more and more petitions and write-ups have surfaced online, advocating for a PG-13 version of Fox’s Deadpool to be released, and hating on the studio for deciding to make the film rated R in the first place. As someone who has been waiting for an honest to God Deadpool film too, you can probably imagine my emotions when I read them…

Because the thing about these write-ups and these petitions that really, really bugs me is the fact that these authors and campaign leaders, are asking for all of us, and the filmmakers, to completely overlook everything that makes Deadpool who he is as a character. He is an uncensored, filthy asshole, and there’s a reason that his nickname is the Merc with a Mouth. So by asking for the studios and the filmmakers to censor the character in a movie about him, would be like sewing his own mouth shut, and in case you forgot, we’ve already seen what a PG-13 version of Deadpool was.

To put it simply, I wasn’t a fan.

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The main argument going behind all of these petitions and frustrating write-ups, is that a PG-13 version of the film would allow little kids to go see it. But guess what? This movie is not for little kids, it’s for us. This movie is made for adults that have been waiting to see a comic book movie unlike anything they’ve ever seen before, with graphic nudity, language, and violence. If a little kid wants to really go and see the film, and I’m not doubting that there are lots that do, then they’ll have to get permission from their parents to go and see it, just like all of us adults had to do for as long as the current ratings system has been going.

I don’t understand what makes this different than all of the other rated R action movies that kids don’t get to see nowadays. Because it’s a superhero movie? Okay, fine, but this is a superhero movie with a central character not made for kids. I don’t care if they’ve read the Deadpool comics and love the character. That’s fine, and frankly, awesome. But that does not mean that the character’s quality and his defining aspects need to be muted or censored so that it can reach a wider audience. In fact, that was the whole point of this movie, was to make up for the sins of the past, and give us the uncensored, fourth-wall breaking, immature onscreen version that we’ve always wanted.

In case you’ve already forgotten, or just are choosing to ignore too, that’s highlighted in a big way in the R-rating announcement video from last April:

Something about this that continues to frustrate me though, is that I know, deep down that if the film had been rated PG-13, I’d still be seeing dozens upon dozens of write-ups and petitions asking for an unrated, or R version to be released. This keeps in line with this idea, that no matter what a film does, there’s no way to make everyone happy, and we live in a world now, where every single side of the fence can be shouted out loud for all to hear. Which is a great thing, but when one of the sides is calling for a PG-13 version of an R-rated character to be released, then the logic behind any argument like that – falls apart for me.

I get that there are a lot of little kids out there that have probably seen the green band trailers and posters for Deadpool, and desperately want to see this movie. I feel your pain, honestly, I had that same desire when I was their age too. But this movie deserved to be rated R because it is promising to do this character right. So if there’s an 8-year old little boy or girl out there dying to see Deadpool kick some ass, then maybe their parents will take them to it, or they’ll be able to catch it on cable later this year when it comes out on DVD and Blu Ray. That is, after all, how this crazy, movie-watching world we live in works. If you can see the movie, then go and shove some popcorn in your mouth, and enjoy it, and if you can’t, then I guess the only thing I can say is – wait your turn.

Deadpool is set to hit theatres as a balls-to-the-wall hard R-rated superhero movie on February 12th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • marcus luera

    The thing you’ve seem to have missed is that petition is for a simultaneous release of a PG 13 cut. Giving people an option on what version they want to see. It takes nothing from you. All it does is give some viewers an opportunity to see the and a safety net for the studio.

    • I get it’s the point but that would mean Fox would have to spend a lot more money to offer the dual cuts. And the budget is already a lot smaller than your usual studio/superhero movies so that could never happen. I think it’s amazing in the first place that they opted for an R cut to honor the source material. In the past it was always PG 13 to try and hit a wider audience at the detriment of the story. It’s funny, if there was a PG-13 cut and no R cut, the conversation would be reversed.

    • Ellisera

      If it was impossible for the Chinese to cut out enough of the graphic violence, nudity, and other R-rated factors in order to make it viewable (without destroying the plot), odds are it would be impossible for Fox to do the same to take it down to PG-13 rating.

      Fox *might* make enough money by a dual-release to make spending the money it would take to do so worth it, but they’d take the negative PR in the teeth, and after the latest Fantastic Four bomb… it’s just not sound business sense for them to do so.

    • Cory Naught

      You have to realise that screens in theaters are a valuable commodity and that a simultaneous dual rated release would cost more than what it was worth. Fox made this film on a shoe string budget for the fans of this R rated character. A pg13 version just won’t happen.

    • Justin

      If they do that they might as well make a PG-13 version of every rated R film. It is made for adults, if children want to see it then go with parents, but parents be warned it is R for a reason. Boobs, violence and foul language, to me it is no biggy as a kid it didn’t change me any, but for those who just want to make a quick buck would go the PG-13 route and it would also take away from the film and who the character is.

    • Ceilingcat

      Someone close to the production already stated to remove what was needed to get it down to a pg13, would mess up the plot. It’s all tied into the movie as a whole.

      Seriously you never see this with any other movie. Those people need to see what they are given or shut the hell up.

  • David Johnson

    Screw it I was sneaking into R Rated Movies when I was a Kid, pampered little bastards got to figure it out on their own!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Ok, so i’m actually 15 yrs old and i’ve been DYING to see this movie and I for one think that a pg-13 Deadpool should be released. No child my age or younger should be exposed to the kinda shit that happens in R rated movies.