Bruce Willis is unhappy with the studioâ€™s decision to give â€˜Live Free or Die Hardâ€™ a PG-13 rating because it restricted his swearing.
He said: â€˜It does make it a little more difficult. They donâ€™t want to see a lot of blood squirting out of bad guys. You can still do a lot of horrific things - you just canâ€™t say the word â€˜fkâ€™ more than twice.
â€˜Saying fk every other sentence is part of the vernacular of â€˜Die Hardâ€™.â€™ Despite the language restrictions, Willis claims the film - in which he tackles an internet-based terrorist organisation - is just as good as the original 1988 movie.
He told Vanity Fair magazine: â€˜But we still have a pretty hard-core smash-mouth film. I really wanted this one to live up to the first one, which I always thought was the only really good one.â€™
That’s what is wrong with the US rating system. They have PG-13 and then nothing before R. It’s stupid. Matrix got an R for Christ’s sake. The same rating as Kill Bill. It makes no sense. In Australia, Kill Bill got an R18+ and Matrix got a recommended M15+. The US is strict and tight with the PG-13 rating and then those who don’t make it, even if it is only by the slightest bit of swearing or violence have to jump all the way to R. They have no inbetween.
And Die Hard (the original) got an M15+. Essentially M15+ is the Australian equivalent of PG-13 except that anyone can see it, but they recommend that you are over 15. I point this out solely because it is what I think the US should do. Add in some recommended ratings as well as restricted ones and not have such a big leap from PG-13 to R.
Think about it, with the M15+ rating we can have all the swearing and violence still there, but all the young kids are going to see it at the cinemas too. They don’t have to worry about the restrictions that the PG-13 rating has.