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The Watching Hour

by M.G. Siegler


Hollywood Should Learn From Logan’s 'R' Rating

Matt Singer with a post from 2017 (I spent part of the holidays catching up):

This is the reason why Logan felt like a breath of fresh air while so many would-be blockbusters now feel stale: They’re designed to feel stale, or at least incredibly safe. They’re meant to appeal to the widest possible audience, and so they’re made to be understood by the widest possible audience. That limits what they can be, what they can say, and what they can do, because all of it has to be palatable (not to mention comprehensible) to second graders. To put this in perspective: When I was a second grader my favorite TV show was ALF. What I’m saying, essentially, is that second graders are morons and the rest of us should not be beholden to their crappy taste.

I mean, it's funny. But it's also true! Every single movie that guns for the 'PG-13' rating (or god forbid, the 'PG' rating) is undoubtedly making artistic compromises. Done for the right reason, this is about opening up the movie to a larger audience. But let's be honest, this is done most of the time simply in an attempt to make more money. Said another way: a worse movie is made in order to try to make more money. This literally makes no sense.


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