In random but recent ratings news, the Motion Picture Association of
America’s Classification and Ratings Administration bestowed a PG upon Rocky Balboa,
the who’re-ya-foolin’-with-that-title sixth film in Sylvester
Stallone’s pugilistic franchise, for “boxing violence and some
language.” Rated PG-13 were this fall’s All the King’s Men (“for an intense sequence of violence, sexual content and partial nudity”) and DOA: Dead or Alive (“for pervasive martial arts and action violence, some sexuality and nudity”) and next winter’s Ghost Rider (“for horror violence and disturbing images, including flaming heads”).
OK, I made that last part up, but has anyone else noticed that the
print poster explanations for movie ratings are often hilarious in
their completely earnest, poker-faced straightforwardness? If I were a kid today, I’d be scouring those for help finding big screen nudity. It was also
confirmed that Martin Scorsese’s remake of Infernal Affairs for Warner Bros., The Departed,
will be rated R for “strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some
strong sexual content and drug material.” Yep, that sounds about right
for a Scorsese crime picture.