Stallone Says 'Expendables 3' is PG-13 But Should We Believe Him?
by Ethan Anderton
May 19, 2014
Later this summer we'll see what is being called one last ride for the geriatric action heroes of The Expendables 3. And with a whole slew of new faces like Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes and Harrison Ford joining Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the whole gang this time, it seems to end with a bang. However, there might be one drawback. Stallone told Deadline that Lionsgate is releasing the sequel with a PG-13 rating, "We want to reach as many people as possible. It's very close to an R, believe me, it's right there. But I think we owe it to the next generation. We thought we'd join that club for a while."
However, if we go back to the past when The Expendables and The Expendables 2 was released, Stallone said the same thing about both of those sequels. The actor and producer said each of those films would end up with a PG-13 rating. Is this just a way to stir up buzz from fans, or will the film actually be softened to get more butts in the seats? It hasn't worked out too well for the Die Hard franchise in box office gross and quality, so it seems ill-advised, but if this really is the final one, then it won't really matter. Thoughts?