MPAA Ratings: 'Salt,' 'Dinner for Schmucks,' 'Jonah Hex' and More

by Ray Subers
Angelina Jolie in Salt

June 16, 2010

The Motion Picture Association of America's Classification and Ratings Administration released their weekly bulletin today, which included ratings for Salt, Dinner for Schmucks, Jonah Hex and more.

Salt received a PG-13 for "intense sequences of violence and action." This rating seems pretty straightforward as Salt has been sold as an action thriller in the vein of the PG-13 rated Bourne series. Starring Angelina Jolie as a CIA agent forced to go on the run after she's accused of being a Russian spy, Salt debuts July 23 opposite children's book adaptation Ramona and Beezus.

Dinner for Schmucks takes the prize for the week's most surprising rating, earning a PG-13 for "sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language." The surprise here mainly stems from the presence of Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis. Rudd has recently excelled in R-rated comedies like Knocked Up ($148.8 million), I Love You, Man ($71.4 million) and Role Models ($67.3 million). His only PG-13 rated movie in the last six years was Over Her Dead Body, which grossed an awful $7.6 million. Meanwhile, Galifianakis is featured heavily in Dinner for Schmucks previews and is almost exclusively known for his breakout role in The Hangover, which earned $277.3 million last summer to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever. Still, Schmucks director Jay Roach's major prior credits are the Austin Powers series and the first two Meet the Parents movies, all of which were PG-13, and star Steve Carell has only worked on PG-13 movies in the last four years. Dinner for Schmucks opens July 30 against Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore and Charlie St. Cloud.

Despite hitting theaters in a mere two days, Jonah Hex has just now received a PG-13 rating for "intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and sexual content." Distributor Warner Bros.' late submission to the MPAA corresponds nicely with how their marketing has been treating the comic-book Western like an afterthought. Starring Josh Brolin and Megan Fox, Jonah Hex opens Friday opposite Disney/Pixar's 3D behemoth Toy Story 3.

Romantic comedy Life as We Know It, starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, earned a PG-13 for "sexual material, language and some drug content," and currently shares an Oct. 8 opening with sports drama Secretariat. Finally, The Eagle of the Ninth, which is a period action picture set in Roman-ruled Britain and not, as the title may suggest, a golf drama, was deemed worthy of a PG-13 for "battle sequences and some disturbing images." The Focus Features movie is slated to debut Feb. 25, 2011 opposite the Farrelly Bros. comedy Hall Pass.

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