With its Western setting, chase-oriented plot and the presence of Josh Brolin, the Coen Brothers' remake of True Grit could be viewed as a follow-up to No Country for Old Men ($74.3 million), which won four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. The two movies will differ in at least one significant way, though: while No Country for Old Men's graphic violence earned it an R rating, True Grit received a PG-13 for "intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images." This marks a major departure for the Coens, who have yet to make a PG-13 rated drama. Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Brolin and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit is set to open Dec. 22 opposite Little Fockers and Gulliver's Travels.
Sci-fi thriller Source Code earned a PG-13 for "some violence including disturbing images, and for language." Directed by Moon's Duncan Jones, the movie features Jake Gyllenhaal as an army pilot forced to relive the same train bombing over and over again in an attempt to discover the culprit. Source Code is scheduled to share an April 15 debut with Scream 4 and Water for Elephants.
Drive Angry was rated R for "strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language." Starring Nicolas Cage as a man out for revenge against the cult that killed his daughter, Drive Angry opens in 3D on Feb. 25 against Hall Pass, The Eagle and Shelter. An edited version of another early 2011 Nicolas Cage release, Season of the Witch, was resubmitted to the MPAA this week but received exactly the same PG-13 rating and reason as before.
Video game adaptation Tekken was slapped with an R rating for "violence and brutal fighting throughout." Distributor Anchor Bay is appealing this rating, and is currently planning to release the movie sometime in 2011.
Warner Bros. resubmitted the extended edition of The Town, which garnered an R rating for "strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality, nudity and drug use." The only significant change here is the addition of "nudity," though that was briefly present in the original cut anyway. The Town, which has thus far earned $90.7 million, hits Blu-ray and DVD on Friday, Dec. 17.
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