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The Revenant, Love the Coopers and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

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By Chris Kavan - 09/30/15 at 10:37 AM CT

Another busy week but still just a couple of really big reveals going on (and a handful of limited release offerings). Oh, and the Trailers Parks boys latest offering gets a rare NC-17, for those who follow the antics of the ribald comedy troupe. The biggest news is The Revenant, the latest from Alejandro González Iñárritu, who apparently has little trouble with brutal filming conditions. This one is coming out at the end of the year (just in time for awards) so we'll see if the star power can sway voters. Otherwise we have the Christmas family comedy, Love the Coopers - which has a great cast but pretty much screams "cliche" to me.

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How far would you go for your movie role? The Revenant stars Leonardo DiCaprio who not only gets mauled by a bear, but buried alive and left for dead by the men he thought were his friends. Only, he's not dead, and, man, is he really, really mad. The frontiersman sets out for revenge - and you best hope you're not on his list. The film has garnered a bit of attention for the somewhat troubled production - Iñárritu (who previously directed Birdman) is not that easy to get along with and clashed a bit with the crew (some of whom left the film). If that wasn't enough, the weather proved to be just as troubling - getting the right lighting was a challenge as was a too-warm winter and too-cold fall. But if the first trailer is any indication, The Revenant looks like it will be amazing - brutal and unforgiving and maybe, just maybe, DiCaprio will finally get that gold man he so deserves. Big surprise - the film gets rated an R for strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity.

On the other side of things we have Love the Coopers. Shouldn't "Ensemble Dysfunctional Holiday Family" be its own genre by now? I mean, I could list the many, many, many other films that have followed this pattern, but then you would be here all day reading a long list. Rest assured, you've seen something like this before. The saving grace is the impressive cast here: Diane Keaton, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, June Squibb, Olivia Wilde and Ed Helms are all on board this family trainwreck. Essentially four generations of a family come together (along with some unexpected guests), wacky hi-jinks and hilarity ensues and we all learn a valuable lesson about coming together and the true meaning of Christmas (or something like that). Anyway, it may not be original, but in mid-November, the heartwarming comedy may be just what is needed to stave off the cold. Love the Coopers gets a PG-13 rating for thematic elements, language and some sexuality.

The full ratings bulletin is below:


Rated PG-13 for mature disturbing thematic material involving sex trafficking, violence/menace, and drug content.


Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some strong language and suggestive material.


Rated PG for some suggestive material.


Rated R for bloody violence and gore, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use - all involving teens.


Rated PG for rude and suggestive content, and some action.


Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some sexuality.


Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, drug references and some suggestive material.


Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.


Rated R for a sequence of violence and language.


Rated R for strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity.


Rated R for language including some sexual references, and brief drug use.


Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content, graphic nudity and for language.


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