The Family With R-Rating in Cinemas
It became a common affair that the movies with Luc Besson's involvement as producer started with a PG-13 rating in US cinemas. That is bad for a lot of reasons but two of those are striking. 1. it always required extensive censorship efforts to reach the rating goal (especially in the violence department) and 2. those versions often ended up being screened in other countries, as well. Moviegoers who saw Taken 2, Colombiana or Lockout know what we're talking about. Yes, the DVD and Blu-ray brought consolation later on in the form of the uncensored version but it's surely not a happy sign for film fans that monetary interests are rated higher among film studios than the viewing pleasure of the customers that buy a cinema ticket.
So it almost seems like a surprise that Besson's directorial effort The Family starts with an "R" rating (for violence, language and brief sexuality) in US cinemas. It offers Robert de Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and an interesting plot. The explosive trailer raised fears that only a butchered version of the film would be submitted to theaters. It is a pleasure that it won't happen in this case. Still, it might be a little too optimistic to draw the conclusion that this would signal a general turn of distribution strategy of Besson movies in the future. At the latest, we'll see how Taken 3 will be handled in order to make a judgement.
The Family starts in US cinemas on September 13th, 2013 and in UK theaters on November 1st, 2013.
Release: Aug 07, 2013 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey