Staff - Help - Contact Search:
buy this title


Buy the 4K Blu-ray with both films.





Age of Consent






Shrunken Heads Remastered






The Saint






House Of Cruel Dolls




Once Upon a Deadpool

original title: Deadpool 2

Comparison:

  • Once Upon a Deadpool (PG-13)
  • Theatrical Version (R-Rated)
Release: Dec 29, 2020 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB

R or PG-13? Once Upon a Deadpool as a creative market test

When comic book adaptations still had a geeky niche existence in the 1990s and early 2000s, with a few notable exceptions, they had less financial success but also more creative freedom. If a comic book character demanded it, the confidence was stronger that the film would be produced accordingly. Blade is certainly the prime example of this era. The more the mainstream got a taste for comic book movies, the more mainstream the movies became. The movie industry was raking in dream profits and audiences were craving more and more. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the pinnacle of this perfect commercialization, and they could always argue that they didn't want to exclude young fans - who could object to that?

But for some characters, this marriage of convenience with the mainstream was a burden from the start, but one that had to be recognized and voiced by enough consumers for the studios to consider a more nuanced approach. Unquestionably, they could be beaten at their own argument, because whether masses of children actually raved about the more brutal and politically incorrect comic book heroes is open to debate. The studios made concessions, at least selectively and on a trial basis, especially since outside competition such as the Kick-Ass films showed that success and a higher rating need not be mutually exclusive. The biggest bet for the Marvel character universe was Deadpool - which hit the jackpot with a worldwide box office of $782 million and won over an enthusiastic audience, some of whom simply wanted something different from the PG-13 one-size-fits-all, and some of whom still had bitter memories of the grotesquely inaccurate portrayal of the Deadpool character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It almost seemed as if not only Ryan Reynolds wanted to wipe out this notch, but also that moviegoers supported this effort. This also paved the way for an R-rated departure for Hugh Jackman in Logan.

Deadpool 2 also scored a similar box office performance worldwide with $785 million, providing further arguments for moving away from mass appeal at all costs. Given the many bizarre ideas and deliberately provocative gags, it's almost fitting that they released a PG-13 version of this film on Christmas 2018, half a year after its R-rated theatrical release, with Once Upon a Deadpool. It also ran in theaters in some territories and still took in another $52 million there (but no more than that, either).

Despite all the humor, it remains a massively censored version

With Deadpool 2, the team around Ryan Reynolds had enjoyed the freedom of the R-rating and used it for its own purposes. Shortening that exclusively for a teen-friendly PG-13 version would have produced a barely consumable final product. So they got creative and embedded the whole thing in an absurd frame story where Deadpool kidnaps actor Fred Savage and keeps him tied up in a bed. Deadpool is obviously a big fan of the movie The Princess Bride, in which Savage had a role as a child. So, by necessity, the latter has to have the Deadpool 2 storylines read to him.

This gimmick buys the PG-13 version time, which it in turn lost due to the censoring of the R-rated material. Several times, there are small interludes to the read-aloud scenario, which can also entertain humorously at times. Also, they try to hide too much loss of material for Once Upon a Deadpool, for example, by also using material from the Super Duper $@%!#& Cut in several places and thus becoming a kind of hybrid version. The extended version, which runs almost fifteen minutes longer than the theatrical version, also added a considerable amount of additional violence, but also brought new plot scenes. A separate report of ours takes care of that in detail (click here). In order to be close to the theatrical version in terms of runtime, they also shortened countless shots to purely save time, so we will focus on the "relevant" differences here.

Despite all the tongue-in-cheek charm surrounding this new framework story, it also becomes clear how extensively Deadpool 2 had to be toned down for the harmless version, which was separately released on Blu-ray in the US and as VOD in several other markets. Several times a minute, dialogues were cleaned up of vulgar language and replaced with softer vocabulary, alternative footage was used or the blood or bullet holes were digitally removed. This is almost reminiscent of the extent of the quasi-PG-13 version of Logan from China with its over 100 changes, and impressively demonstrates that the R-rated path taken for Deadpool and comparable characters is the right one.

The theatrical version (R-Rated) was compared to the Once Upon a Deadpool version (PG-13).

With 152 relevant differences, the theatrical version runs 47.42 seconds longer than Once Upon a Deadpool.

1 of 4
forward
New scene in the PG-13
PG-13: 0:00:39: Actor Fred Savage is awakened by Deadpool. The whole room is modeled after the period film The Princess Bride, and the adult Savage is plenty perplexed, as apparently Deadpool has kidnapped him. Deadpool tells Savage that he wants to tell him the story of Deadpool 2 as a PG-13 version. More innocent, harmless and with a minimum of strong language. For this, Deadpool has also brought a bleeper, whose use he demonstrates to the irritated Savage, who is tied to the bed. Of necessity, he listens to the story.


R-Rated: 0:00:39: Withheld for this is much of the introduction to the theatrical version, which bristles with violence and vulgar language. A reduction would hardly have made sense there either. Deadpool blows himself up and kills gangsters in several locations very bloodily.
The R-Rated runs 106.44 sec. longer



Alternate Material
R-Rated: 0:04:58: The first action scene that the PG-13 cut shows is the one in the drug lab. In both versions, the sequence is virtually the same, but different takes were used. The main focus here was probably the guy running around on fire. In the R-Rated, Deadpool also comments on that with "Holy shit pickles, that guy's on fire. That's not CGI folks, he's actually on fire." He only does that in the theatrical version. CGI blood is also missing from the sawing and throwing the saw in the air.
PG-13R-Rated


As the gangster on the monitor yells into the camera, he says in the R-Rated, "Hurry up and open this fucking door! Let's kill this motherf--", in the PG-13 he just shouts, "Open up! Let me in! He's got a--". In the R-Rated, he is killed onscreen by a headshot, blood splatters on the camera and when Deadpool climbs onto the stool a little later, he wipes the blood off the lens and says: "Uh, so gross.". In PG-13, for the most part, there is no blood on the monitor at all.
The R-Rated runs 4.48 sec longer
PG-13R-Rated



Dialog Censorship
0:06:23: The PG-13 is more harmless, of course, and comes without the F-word.

Deadpool twice yells "Start the fucking car!" and "Dopinder, start the fucking car!". Even later, the word "fuck" can be heard from the babble of voices in the gang. In the PG-13, however, "son of a bitch".
No time difference



Dialog Censorship
0:06:38: Deadpool: "Fucker can't stay in a panic room forever."
No time difference



Dialog Censorship
0:07:05: Deadpool's question to Dopinder is different in the R-Rated than in the PG-13, of course.

R-Rated: "What's your poison? A little, uh, cokey cokey? Can't maintain an erection without buying shoes online?"
PG-13: "What's your poison? A little, uh, Instagram? Can't maintain focus without buying shoes online?"
No time difference

Alternate Material
0:08:12: Deadpool presents different excuses in the R-Rated than in the PG-13. In the R-Rated he talks about kids in a tree, a fight with Batman (as an allusion), and traffic. In the PG-13, he says he was trying to get all the gluten out so it could never hurt us all again. That doesn't convince Vanessa any more than his reasoning that he has diarrhea and that while you can't tell for sure until he takes off his suit, all signs point to it. This, by the way, is an extension as seen in Super Duper Cut.
The R-Rated runs 5.48 sec longer


New scene in the PG-13
PG-13: 0:06:48: Fred and Deadpool are shown again. Deadpool hopes that Fred will ask about kissing again, as he did in his child role back then, in a bashful, harmless way, but he refuses. He's an adult now, he says, and there's nothing shady about it for him. Fred doubts that Vanessa would kiss Deadpool, the way he looks. Deadpool, of course, has a different opinion and refers to the first part. Then the two argue about the complicated rights situation of Marvel, Fox and Disney and Fred's comparison, already used during the marketing for the new version, that Fox-produced Marvel comic adaptations are as if the Beatles were produced by Nickelback. It's also music, he said, but would be crap. Deadpool defends Nickelback not quite as vehemently and at length, and then goes on to say that Fox is being bought by Disney. When Fred has something to say about that too, Deadpool interrupts him and says that Fred was nicer as a kid. He then continues his story.
- 112.2 sec.



Dialog Censorship
0:09:50: Vanessa's description of how Deadpool's genetic material should find its way into her body is one word different in both versions. Her suggestion that they watch porn for it, on the other hand, is in both.

R-Rated: "You gotta pump a baby in me first, cowboy."
PG-13: "You gotta put a baby in me first, cowboy."
No time difference



Dialog Censorship
0:11:21: Wade describes the envisioned child plan differently.

R-Rated: "I'm gonna go make dessert. You get the strap-on. Let's make a super baby." Only here Vanessa responds, "Pretty sure it doesn't work that way but we can try."
PG-13: "And then... let's make a super baby."
The R-Rated runs 2.48 sec. longer

Alternate Material
0:12:10: When Wade throws the knife into the intruder's chest, there is no CGI blood in the PG-13. The R-Rated is also slightly longer.
0.36 sec
PG-13R-Rated



Alternate Material
0:12:11: Several censorship interventions here at once. Missing from the PG-13 is Wade stabbing two more opponents. The guy at the door gets two blows with the baton instead of just one, and the knife throw is not only shortened in PG-13, but also doesn't show the knife stuck in the attacker's head.
5.12 sec.



Alternate Material
0:12:46: The pistol bullet exits Vanessa's back in the R-Rated, not in the PG-13.
No time difference
PG-13R-Rated



Alternate Material
0:13:08: In the PG-13, Vanessa is dead, in the R-Rated, she is still looking at him and he is looking at his bloodied hand.
No time difference
PG-13R-Rated



New scene in the PG-13
PG-13: 0:13:22: Fred is analyzing how Deadpool uses the classic motif of the dying woman, making her little more than a story tool. Deadpool compares this to the death of Mufasa in The Lion King Fred is not entirely convinced by the analogy.
- 24.72 sec.



0:14:54: The animated opening credits in the R-Rated are missing, probably because of some sexualized poses and vulgar credits.
83.4 sec



Alternate Material
0:16:21: The scene in the bar plays out a little differently. Wade is complaining with the F-word about how no one would notice his observation with the song. When Wade says at least David Bowie is still there, Dopinder wants to correct him in the PG-13, but is held back by Weasel. And the comparison to his smell that Weasel makes is much more vulgar in the R-Rated. There it is about intestinal contents landing in a rotting war wound and in the PG-13 version it is only about the couch of a right-wing radio host from the US.
The R-Rated runs 4.92 sec. longer



Alternate Material
0:18:31: When Wade opens the secret compartment under the floorboards, the bags of cocaine are labeled differently. While in the R-Rated they are called "Wade's Cocaine," their PG-13 label is "Booger Sugar." In the R-Rated, he continues to smell it with relish for longer.
The R-Rated runs 3.44 sec longer
PG-13R-Rated



Dialog Censorship
0:18:49: When Blind Al curses in fright, the F-word is of course missing in the PG-13.
0.56 sec



Dialog Censorship
0:19:33: When Wade expresses his sadness over Vanessa's death, Blind Al says another unsentimental line in the R-Rated that they simply removed in the PG-13.

R-Rated: "Sweetheart, can you speak up? It's a little hard to hear you with that pity dick in your mouth."
6.96 sec.

Alternate Material
0:20:05: Here, both versions differ quite a bit from each other.

R-Rated: Here, Deadpool still stands up, shoves a bag of cocaine under his mask, and then punches himself in the face for a good dose of the powder. Then he announces he's going to do some nasty stuff. Then the scene jumps back to Wade on the gasoline barrels, where he blows himself up again.

PG-13: Okay, pay attention. Here, they used the scene with the suicide in the polar bear enclosure, which is an extension from the Extended Cut - but of course missing here is how the girl gets Wade's blood splattered on her glasses. This is followed by a completely new scene in which Wade, sitting on a bench, is about to shoot himself in the head when an old couple disturbs him and he tries to scare them away. But the couple stays and when Wade sees that the old lady has some balloons with her, he praises her for her performance in the Disney movie Up He then puts the gun to his head and before he pulls the trigger, there is again an interruption to him and Fred, who is indignant and Deadpool just asks him in a relaxed manner if he didn't like the movie. After that, Deadpool follows on the barrel here as well, but he says the line from the Extended Cut, "There's gotta be some way to die. I just need to die...harder. Trademark Fox. Y'all caught up now?" and then blows himself up also with his arm and head ripped off..
The PG-13 runs 17.96 sec. longer
PG-13R-Rated



Alternate dialog
PG-13: : Only in the PG-13 before the invisible wall at Vanessa's house, Wade still says off-screen, "Turns out I can die a little. I just can't stay dead."
No time difference


Dialog Censorship
0:22:11:

R-Rated: "No shit Why can't I fucking die?"
PG-13: "No kidding Why can't I finally die?"
No time difference



Dialog Censorship
0:22:30:

R-Rated: "What in the fuck knuckles is this?"
- "She's my girlfriend, you intolerant shit"
PG-13: "What in the fudgcicle is this?"
- "She's my girlfriend, you intolerant sh..."
No time difference



Dialog Censorship
0:23:27:

R-Rated: "'Cause where the fuck is everyone?"
PG-13: "'Cause where the hell is everyone?"
No time difference



Dialog Censorship
0:23:35: Actually, here they just deleted Wade's F-word, but even after that, Wade's remarks are a bit different. Curiously, in the PG-13 version they've included a rather obvious oral sex reference here, which the R-Rated lacks and was only added in the Extended Cut.

R-Rated: "What the fuck? You'd think the studio would throw us a bone. They can't just dust off one of the famous X-Men?"
PG-13: "You'd think the studio would throw us a bone. One that doesn't end up in my mouth. The first movie made more money than the guy who invented pants. They can't just dust off one of the famous X-Men?"
The PG-13 runs 6.52 sec. longer

Extended scene in the PG-13
PG-13: 0:23:24: When Colossus lets go of Wade, only in the PG-13 does Wade say, "I thought you were gonna kiss me for a second there. Please know I wouldn't be able to stop you if you did."
-2.92 sec.


Alternate Material
0:25:32: In the R-Rated, you see more shots of the charred bodies. In the PG-13, Cable picks up the teddy from the floor and you only see the bodies briefly, then Cable in a different shot with the teddy.
The R-Rated runs 14.2 sec longer
PG-13R-Rated



New scene in the PG-13
0:25:20: New scene with Deadpool and Fred, who is all giddy about Cable and fast-forwards his whole comic book backstory. Deadpool had duly included all that in his story, right? Deadpool presses on and says that the time travel thing is definitely in there.


The following scene is not "new" in the PG-13, but is from the Extended Cut: we first see Colossus exercising in the garden, and then Wade getting upset about the tape that is used to label the food in the fridge. He wants to discuss the meal plan with the girls, but Negasonic Teenage Warhead tells him that she sees right through him and doesn't buy the vulnerable guy act. He might be able to fool Colossus with it, but not her. Wade then goes off on a long lecture about why he is a better man, that he owes it all to them, and that he wants to be the world's best X-Man. Negasonic continues to be unimpressed. There's also an implied joke, as Colossus wonders about the empty soap dispenser, but Wade said he just refilled it freshly. With what, I wonder.
- 136.16 sec.



Expanded scene in the R-Rated
0:27:06: Deadpool says in the R-Rated that the reason he knows that is on his head and smells like Patrick Stewart.
5:28 sec


Dialog Censorship
0:29:59: Deadpool's acted outrage after Firefist's attack on Colossus was censored in the PG-13.

R-Rated: "Oh, shit! That fucking does it!"
PG-13: "Oh, my gosh! That does it!"
No time difference



Dialog Censorship
0:31:06: After the diss by the little boy, Deadpool curses only in the R-Rated.

R-Rated: "Fuck it! Superhero landing coming up!"
PG-13: "Superhero landing coming up!"
0.4 sec.



Dialog Censorship
0:31:13: As Deadpool lands painfully, again, different choice of words.

R-Rated: "Ah, fuck, fuck! That is so not practical."
PG-13: "Ouch, ouch, ouch! Oh, God, that hurts."
No time difference

Dialog Censorship
0:32:48: When Deadpool learns that Firefist was treated badly by the staff.

R-Rated: "Oh, fuck it."
PG-13: "Ah, screw it."
No time difference



Dialog Censorship
0:33:05: Deadpool reveals what he did with the soap dispenser, a bit more harmless in the PG-13.

R-Rated: "ejaculate into a soap dispenser a hero."
PG-13: "make love to a soap dispenser a hero."
No time difference



Alternate Material
0:33:19: The head shot on "Jared Kushner" is only bloody in the R-Rated.
The R-Rated runs 0.2 sec longer
PG-13R-Rated



0:33:21: "Jared Kushner" falls dead to the ground.
0.8 sec



Dialog Censorship
0:33:36: Deadpool's appeal to Colossus is clearer in the R-Rated.

R-Rated: "Fuck your rules! I fight for what's right!"
PG-13: "Forget your rules! I fight for what's right!"
No time difference



0:34:12: A female inmate calls out a lascivious "Hey, baby!" to the two newcomers.
0.64 sec



Extended scene in the PG-13
PG-13: 0:35:15: Another inmate is shown and Wade describes himself as an "East-Coast Hufflepuff." This is an enhancement that comes from the Extended Cut.
2.68 sec.

Extended scene in the PG-13
PG-13: 0:35:21: Wade jokes that the jail so doesn't match his Airbnb reservation, but he likes the decor. This is also an extension that comes from the Extended Cut.
9.32 sec.


Dialog Censorship
0:34:33: Wade uses a different wording for Firefist and the rest of the sentence is different, too.

R-Rated: "Another disgusting mutant off the streets. God bless America. Let's get a taco."
PG-13: "Another disgusting minority off the streets. We'll sleep well tonight. Let's get a bagel."
No time difference



Dialog Censorship
0:35:50: Cable meets vulgar incomprehension from the Hillbillies with his date question.

R-Rated: "The fuck?"
PG-13: "What the heck?"

And shortly after:

R-Rated: "What kind of dumbass question is that to ask?"
PG-13: "What kind of dummy question is that to ask?"
No time difference



Dialog Censorship
0:36:40: In the conversation between Wade and Firefist, vulgar language was replaced and a sentence was cut.

R-Rated: Wade: "Fuck superheroes." Firefist: "Fuck everyone."
PG-13: Wade: "Forget superheroes."

And shortly after:

R-Rated: "Fucker hates mutants."
PG-13: "He thinks we're evil."
The R-Rated runs 2.24 sec. longer



0:37:08: The director tells Russell to please not cry.
1.68 Sec



0:37:11: Wade, still disgusted, says he can hear Firefist getting it on in his pants.
3.96 sec



0:38:37: Cable handles the weapon parts a bit longer. A few other shots are also shortened and you see the charred teddy, but all not worth mentioning. In the jail scene afterwards they also wanted to save time with a tracking shot.
15.8 sec.


Dialog Censorship
0:40:00: Black Tom Cassidy refers to Wade differently in both versions.

R-Rated: "You're supposed to be the toughest cunt in here."
PG-13: "You're supposed to be the toughest con in here."
No time difference



Dialog Censorship
0:40:05: Firefist also has to verbally disarm in the PG-13.

R-Rated: "First rule of the yard, fucR-Ratedace..find the biggest guy and make him yours -"
PG-13: "First rule of the yard...find the biggest guy and make him yours -"
1.12 sec.



Dialog Censorship
0:40:31: Firefist's curse varies.

R-Rated: "You're about to get dick-slapped."
PG-13: "Take a seat, shit dick."
The R-Rated runs 1.12 sec. longer

1 of 4
forward