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It’s not unusual for superhero movies to aim for PG-13 ratings. Producers and studios behind big-budget films will always want as many people as possible to be able to get in to see their movies with as little trouble as can be managed. And, most action-heavy movies are like cat nip to the young teen crowd, so PG-13 is the rating to get if you want to make sure to get those kids into theaters. Well, now we know how this month’s X-Men: Apocalypse garnered its PG-13 rating.
According to the X-Men: Apocalypse IMDB page, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has given over this rating because the movie will contain scenes of "violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and some suggestive images." None of this is really a huge shock for a film like this. It’s nearly impossible to have an epic action movie that feels, at least somewhat, like real life without someone getting choked out or beaten up and some major explosions or whole cities being destroyed.
Just from the most recently released, and final, trailer, we can see that there are some shocking scenes of mass destruction, with bridges and buildings basically being pulled apart in giant sprays of debris. And, of course, our big bad, Apocalypse, does some major violence, especially to Charles Xavier, as he bashes him into a wall and gets him good and bloody in their very unmatched fight. There’s an underground mutant fight club, downright terrifying images of all the nukes in the country (or, possibly, the world) getting released at once, plus a lot of exploding and fire. So, if anything, X-Men: Apocalypse has the violence/action/destruction combo down pat.
As for the strong language, individual opinions may vary on what that might constitute, but you can bet that with the kind of challenges the young X-Men will face in Apocalypse that there’s bound to be some cursing. I mean, honestly, if you were fighting an immortal mutant who’d been worshipped as a god and is trying to destroy all of humanity, wouldn’t you at least whip out a "Damn!" or two? I know I would.
Last on the list of PG-13 items are the suggestive images. This could be anything from a hint that two of our favorite mutants are going to get it on, to seeing Raven without clothes on. Sure, she’s blue and covered in well-placed scale-like patches, but she’s still naked. And, let’s face it, Psylocke is showing some boobage and a lot of leg.
Part of the job of the MPAA is to make sure everyone is aware of all the things that might make them think twice about watching any film. If a PG-13 rating sits well with you, be sure to check out X-Men: Apocalypse when it opens on May 27.