Stallone Says 'Expendables 3' is PG-13 But Should We Believe Him?

May 19, 2014

The Expendables 3

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?

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  • Scott Tremper
    • grimjob
      Well played sir.
      • Payne by name
  • Rock n Rollllll
    If the guy hopes to make any money from this movie, it will NOT be PG-13
  • Nielsen700
    It sucks, but I think it's actually going to be PG-13 this time.
  • arthurcucumber
    i hope it is a pg-13 as i watched the 2nd expendables having not seen the 1st one and it was to violent, the old 80s action movies were more giggles and action with great one-liners, they didnt need violence to be a sucess.
    • desispeed
      u definitely never watched Die Hard, Commando, Rambo 2 or any 80's action movie these stars are famous for!
    • rolyjimenez
      You are going to see a movie about a group of guns for hire and you want giggles and great one-liners? You compare it to movies in the 80's but what were films like Predator or Die Hard then?
  • Guest
    It BETTER NOT be PG-13.
    • Cameron Rice
      I know right, I hope sly stone changes his mind and makes it R like the first two, fuck the younger generation, who needs them
  • rolyjimenez
    It could be NC-17 and I wouldnt watch it. The last two were awful and Im still left wondering why the hell they're even going for a third one.
    I really hope not. They would have lost the point.
  • mooreworthy
    Does the next gen actually care? The CG, Green screen gen? I don't think so. Give the children of the 80s what we liked, we paid for your house!
  • Fuck this. Part 2 was already a pussified add CG blood in post pile of shit, and it'd be a shame to see the same thing happen yet again.
  • grimjob
    What does he owe to the next generation? Most of them are laughing at him. He owes it to us to give us more of what we grew up with.
  • LyonsMG
    Wasn't Expendables 2 shot in PG-13 and then they just added CGI blood to make it an R? I hated the first Expendables but loved Expendables 2 so if the third one has a similar feel to the action as the second film then this is not a big deal in my opinion.
  • Payne by name
    As Grimjob alluded to, the franchise is full of actors that this generation grew up with. By the time the 'next generation' have grown up, none of these action stars will be alive or mobile enough to make a film for them.




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