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PT Would TPM or AOTC be rated PG-13 if they came out today?

Discussion in 'Prequel Trilogy' started by BoromirsFan, Feb 7, 2020.

  1. BoromirsFan

    BoromirsFan Jedi Master star 4

    May 16, 2010
    I've noticed that every Star Wars film that came after AOTC (the clone wars doesn't count) has been rated PG-13. It makes sense for ROTS due to the immolation scene and the increased bloodshed (every duel has a violent end except for yoda v sidious) but It doesn't seem like the disney films are particularly more violent or dark compared to the first two prequels.

    Looking back on it, TPM has some scenes of intense violence, as Darth Maul is literally cut in half and Qui-Gon is stabbed.

    AOTC has Anakin beheading Tuskens and then killing more violently offscreen. Geonosians are sliced and diced into bits. The most absolute brutal scene is when Mace kills Jango.

    As a child I didn't think much of it, but I saw the scene again recently and found myself disturbed by it. It's just such a quick and absolutely cold/ruthless kill by Mace.

    Why do you think the first two prequels were rated PG, and do you think that would change in today's moviegoing world?
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  2. Deliveranze

    Deliveranze Force Ghost star 6

    Nov 28, 2015
    Probably. The standard for PG-13 is different now than it was in 1999/2002. TPM might still be able to get away with PG, but I wouldnt be too shocked if it got a PG-13 rating.

    AOTC tho would definitely be PG-13. The violence/content in AOTC is on par with modern SW films.

    -opening up with a terrorist attack
    -The centipedes that try to kill Padme
    -A bar with SW's first reference to drug usage (deathsticks)
    -Zam Wesell's face change
    -Shmi's death and Anakin brutally killing 3 Tuskens on screen
    -The Jango/Obi-Wan hand to hand combat fight
    -Anakin's monologue after killing the Tuskens
    -Anakin slicing up Geonosians to reveal gory insides and details.
    -Jango's decapitated corpse falling down.
    -Jedi killed in arena.

    It certainly was pushing the envelope for PG even back in 2002.
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  3. SateleNovelist11

    SateleNovelist11 Force Ghost star 5

    Jan 10, 2015
    I concur. They would be rated PG-13 today for the reasons Deliveranze listed. I believe TPM would be rated PG-13 primarily for how Darth Maul slew Qui-Gon.
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  4. Grievousdude

    Grievousdude Jedi Grand Master star 5

    Jan 27, 2013
    I think AOTC definitely would be. Violence wise the Obi-Wan and Anakin vs Dooku duel is on roughly the same level of violence as TFA's end battle.

    TPM is generally pretty tame apart from Qui-Gon's stabbing. Given that all 5 movies released under Disney so far have had stabbings of some kind, it's possible that this might affect it's rating though.
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  5. SlashMan

    SlashMan Jedi Master star 4

    Feb 5, 2012
    Seems like PG-13 is what studios aim for; they’ll go out of their way to bump a film up or down to get there. The original Star Wars was in danger of being G rated, and had more violent pickup shots added to secure the PG rating.

    So yeah, I totally think those films would have a PG-13 rating to be more marketable. The content itself is more arbitrary
  6. Jedi Knight Fett

    Jedi Knight Fett PT Interview Host/All-Around Good Guy star 10 VIP - Game Host

    Feb 18, 2014
    If I remember correctly AOTC almost got a PG-13 rating due the Headbutt that Jango gives Obi Wan
  7. The_Phantom_Calamari

    The_Phantom_Calamari Force Ghost star 5

    Nov 10, 2011
    I really don't think so. The new films are rated PG-13 because they're more intense than most of the earlier films. The scene in TFA where Kylo Ren is graphically torturing Poe is enough to give it a PG-13 rating. Plus the scenes on the capital planet of crowds of people panicking and anticipating their impending death as the superlaser pierces the atmosphere. There's similar stuff in the other sequels that doesn't approach anything in any of the original films save ROTS. All the violence mentioned in the OP is pretty attenuated and intentionally toned down to blunt its effect. There's little to no blood and the worst violence is left off-screen. Even ROTS goes out of its way to make Anakin's immolation as sanitized as possible without cheating the story (if you look at the behind-the-scenes pictures of the prosthetics Hayden wore it's way more gruesome than Lucas ultimately allowed to be apparent on screen).

    I don't think the times have changed. The sequels were simply made with a more adult audience in mind.
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  8. icqfreak

    icqfreak Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Mar 7, 1999
    AOTC for sure, TPM maybe. On the flip side, I think the only Disney star wars movie that deserves a PG-13 based on the ratings for the original six movies would be Rogue One.

    I'm not sure though if it's more that the standards have changed, or just that Disney wanted them to be PG-13 because PG-13 is cool and PG isn't. Because as I mentioned above they really don't seem any more "adult" than the original movies.

    Other than AOTC, the last PG movie I can think of that possibly deserved a PG-13 rating is Narnia: Prince Caspian. Lots of violence in that movie, including children killing multiple adults throughout.
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