It just ain’t the same — John McClain’s trademark phrase from the classic action movie Die Hard — when you clean it up for a PG13 rating, but that’s what might happen if the rumors from Bruce Willis are true. The folks over at Ain’t It Cool News have word that an upcoming Vanity Fair interview with Willis has him not happy with a possible PG13 Die Hard 4 rating:
“In June’s VANITY FAIR, it states that Bruce Willis was initially disappointed that his fourth DIE HARD film will likely be cut to get a PG-13 rating rather than an R. ‘I really wanted this one to live up to the promise of the first one, which I always thought was the only really good one.’ And he’s not happy about it. ‘That’s a studio decision that is becoming more and more common, because they’re trying to reach a broader audience. It seems almost a courageous move to give a picture an R rating these days. But we still made a pretty hardcore, smashmouth film.’”
The first three movies were rated R and I loved them all. If the fourth movie ends up being PG13 then I’ll probably give it a pass. I just don’t see how it’ll be the same if it’s been cleaned up for the kiddies.
We watched The Marine the other night on DVD, another PG13 action movie, and it was simply laughably stupid. At one point the hero of that turd ends up in a chase in a sports-car-turned-cop-car where about 5,000 bullets are fired into the car, the top is ripped off from passing under a semi-truck, and the chase ends with the car launching into the air and rolling over on its side dumping the hero out just as the bad guys shoot it full of bullets making it explode. Despite the total destruction of the car, the ridiculous number of bullets fired at him, and being dumped out at 50+ MPH while the car explodes above him the hero walks away from the car with one little scratch on his forehead and dirty clothes. I know marines are supposed to be tough and all, but it was at this point that I started ignoring the movie and started reading blogs on my laptop.
It frightens me to think that Live Free or Die Hard could end up being a pussified movie in the same vein as The Marine.