"His first R-rated film." Who cares?

Every ad I’ve seen for M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Happening” starts with the voice-over: “From the director of The Sixth Sense and Signs comes his first R-rated film.” How does this rate as a selling point? Is there a single grown-up who cares what something is rated, as long as it’s good?

The implication is that if he scared the pants off of you with a PG-13 film, just imagine how scary he can be with an R-rating!

Hey, I’ve wanted to see M Night Shyamalan naked for a long ti …

Never mind.

Apparently so.

I admit that I’m with you; I frankly have absolutely no idea what any given movie is rated. What was the latest Indiana Jones movie rated? I have no idea. Iron Man? Not a clue. Since I’m a grownup, it doesn’t affect me and I don’t take any notice of it. I’m not even sure they use the same rating system they did when I was a kid.

But it does matter to some people. I remember a friend refusing to go see a movie with us because it had a G rating, or whatever its equivalent was 10 years ago. It was a genuine classic, like “Toy Story” or something like that, but he was adamant: G rating meant family movie meant sucks. There ARE people who notice this stuff, much to my surprise.

It’s The Happening, baby.

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It’s his first R-rated film, baby.

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So you know it be happening, baby.

wah wah wocka chicka wow

Uh huh. Come on and make it happen.


I remember sometime in the late 70’s or early 80’s, Disney putting out a movie called The Black Hole which it promoted as a big deal because it was the first Disney movie to be rated PG (this was in the days before PG-13 existed). I guess that was supposed to be shocking or something. I suppose this is the same kind of deal.

It matters to me for the opposite reason that you’re implying, I think. So many movies these days are wussified in order to sneak under the nonsensical MPAA’s rating system’s PG-13 standard. This infuriates me from a political standpoint, but more practically it makes for bad movie making. I’m not desperate for blood and gore or pornographic love scenes in my mainstream movies be I really want a little more realism. Blockbuster movies are becoming painfully predictable partly because it’s taboo for any hero to actually kill someone in cold blood or for anyone to suffer a realistic injury, not to mention the glut of cliched non-sexual love affairs between protagonists. Often the worst aspect of the movies is the dialogue that completely lacks and real punch at dramatic moments simply because it’s stripped of anything that might offend the god-fearing morons of the world. Remember the days when a action hero could say “yippie kiyay, mother fucker”? It’s silly but it’s better than every character’s battle cry being “I am So-and-So!”

So, in short, yeah, I like that the movie is rated R and it will make me more likely to go see it. I’m a little concerned that they feel the need to promote that fact which might mean that they are going to exploit it gratuitously or ridiculously. That they are willing to actually make a horror-suspense movie that doesn’t hold back on the language and action is of merit. Sadly most R rated movies in the genre tend to go too far the other way into torture-porn but that doesn’t seem to be Shamalan’s MO.

If there aren’t lots of titties in this movie, I’m not going to see it!

OK, i’m not going to see it because I think M. Dusk Shanaynay is a hack, but the movie would still be better with titties.

If I’m gonna sit through a movie in anticipation of a mind-blowing O. Henry-type ending, I want me some nekkid boobies along the way.

You guys are really setting yourselves up for some serious in-your-face, Neil Jordan-magnitude trauma.

Yeah, I can see it piquing interest, and maybe warranting a quick mention at the end of the ad, but if it’s the movie’s number one selling point, it can’t be a good sign (no pun intended).

Well maybe The Happening will be as big a box office smash as The Black Hole was! :cool:

That movie did come close to bankrupting Disney didn’t it?

I don’t know about how close it came to bankrupting Disney (I was like 12 or 13 at the time), but I do remember that Disney was hyping it as another Star Wars, and that it flopped pretty badly (mostly because it sucked).

In fairness to The Black Hole, its action figures were of much higher quality than those of Star Wars.

There’s probably a moral in there somewhere about investing unrealistic expectations in a project named “The Black Hole.”

It matters. The vast majority of great movies are rated G, PG, and R. PG-13 is a black hole of credibility. People who care about film know this.



That’s the beauty of regionalisms. :wink:

Take it however thou wilt!

The only thing I can think of is shows it’s a more “adult” movie than others. This is more common with PG-13 movies. I even read that the Drew Barrymore vehicle “Ever After” put an expletive in the script solely to insure the movie wouldn’t be rated PG, which to many means “kiddie fare”.
Cisco , can you explain what you mean by PG-13 being a "black hole of credibility?

My condolences about your friend.

Carroll Ballard’s wonderful film “Never Cry Wolf” was ignored because too many people thought “Disney film? Animals? Must suck.” Even films that have no reason to include profanity or nudity will do so just to avoid the dreaded “G” rating. The film “Topsy-Turvy” is about Gilbert and Sullivan, two men who lived very “G-rated” lives. But the filmmakers had to stick in a “fuck” and a couple of pairs of bare breasts to get a respectable, art-house “R”.

Does anyone know what it’s actually about? I’m intrigued by the commercial, considering it’s M Night Fuckface and he made an R movie about a mystical world where zombies rain from the sky, especially on corrupt contractors, and people stand still for awhile, and one guy can’t take Whatever is Happening so he decides to get his hair cut by John Deere which happens to be remote controlled, and there’s some people running around scared. But I’m not intrigued enough to Wikipedia it.