Why Zombieland: Double Tap Is Rated R

Zombieland: Double Tap cast

Legacyquels have become increasingly popular in Hollywood, i.e. sequels, spinoffs or some kind of follow-up to a movie that takes longer to arrive then the traditional two-five year waiting time. The next one of these on the docket is Zombieland: Double Tap, which comes a decade after its predecessor. With just a few weeks until this sequel finally hits the silver screen, it’s been officially rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for the following reasons:

Rated R for bloody violence, language throughout, some drug and sexual content.

That sounds about right for Zombieland: Double Tap, per the information provided by Film Ratings. When you’re fighting for your life against the undead, bloody violence and language are pretty standard, and would be enough to warrant an R rating. But some drugs and sexual content help round out those corners and fully cement it into the more mature territory that young’uns below the age of 17 will need an adult to accompany them into.

So if you enjoyed all the gore and crassness from the original Zombieland, you’ll be getting all that in more for Zombieland: Double Tap next month. Quite frankly, I would have been shocked if the sequel had walked away from a PG-13 rating. Sure, maybe it could have technically gotten away out of it, but I suspect that a Zombieland 2 diluted enough to be accessible to a wider age range would result in it losing some of what made the first one so popular.

Although a Zombieland sequel was first discussed shortly after the first movie’s release, it took nearly a decade for all the pieces to come together so the project could finally happen. Behind the camera, Ruben Fleischer resumed his directing duties, requiring him to forgo helming Venom 2 and Andy Serkis being hired as his replacement. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick also returned to tackle the script, this time aided by David Callaham.

As for the folks on-screen, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin are all reprising their state-nicknamed characters, and while life certainly isn’t easy with zombies running around, they’ve managed to form quite the familial bonds in the 10 years since we last saw them. Oh, and even though he met an unfortunate end in the first Zombieland, apparently Bill Murray is also back in Zombieland: Double Tap, this time reportedly being accompanied by his Ghostbusters co-star Dan Aykroyd.

Other new faces showing up in Zombieland: Double Tap include Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Luke Wilson, Thomas Middleditch and Avan Jogia. Ruben Fleischer has also teased that there will be another major cameo towards the end of the movie, but it’s unclear if he’s referring to Dan Aykroyd or a name that hasn’t been associated with the sequel yet.

Zombieland: Double Tap opens in theaters on October 18, so you have until then to nut up or shut up. Don’t forget to also look through our 2019 release schedule to find out what other movies are coming out before the year is over.

Adam Holmes
Senior Content Producer

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