Beowulf Rated PG-13; Sweeney Todd Rated R!
The MPAA ratings on both of these movies were two that were being kept under close watch. Would Beowulf be violent enough to be the first R-rated mainstream CGI movie? Would Sweeney Todd get cut down by the studios execs from a bloody R to PG-13? Beowulf didn't make an R-rating, which may not be a bad thing, but Sweeney Todd did, which on the other hand definitely is a good thing! Care to know why they got their ratings?
Beowulf - Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sexual material and nudity.
There's enough packed into the explanation of why it's PG-13 that makes me believe this is really bending the rules. I'm thinking they got the MPAA to be a bit more lenient considering it's only CGI and thus more like a cartoon. The speculation was that this may end up being R because of the red band trailer that was released and the violence in it. Unfortunately that's not the case but I don't think that means we're still not going to see plenty of blood and plenty of violence. I'm still thoroughly excited.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Rated R graphic bloody violence.
Back in August we even reported a rumor that the studio executives at Paramount weren't happy that this was as bloody and violent as they thought it would be. Alas, a barber who murders people with a razor blade and has them made into pies all amidst some singing is of course going to be for the kiddies anyway. Thankfully it has earned an R for bloody violence - exactly what we needed to hear! If you haven't already seen it, go watch the trailer.
Both of these are probably the perfect ratings each needed. Beowulf now can get a wider audience and will still deliver some brutal violence. Sweeney Todd got the R it needed all along and isn't being butchered by the studio. Now only if the idiots at Fox would learn from Paramount…