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X-Men: Apocalypse, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and More in The Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

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By Chris Kavan - 05/11/16 at 10:15 AM CT

Superheroes are in the air once again. If you haven't gotten your fill with Captain America, don't worry, our favorite mutants are right around the corner. Plus, we have Zac Efron and Adam Devine looking for dates - and getting more than they bargained for with the power party girls played by Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza. Finally, because I hate when ratings cut things so close, we have a major update for a film not even coming until next year - now that's planning ahead. Plus, Kevin Smith gets vindication as his latest film avoids an R and gets a much better PG-13.

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So many superhero movies, so little time (and money). Because I'm part of this website, I probably watch a lot more movies in theaters than the average moviegoer. So it is important you pick and choose which movies to watch. If you're a superhero fan, this year is both a blessing and curse. So many to choose from and the next one coming on the heels of the very impressive Captain America: Civil War is X-Men Apocalypse. I have been a big fan of this rebooted X-Men franchise, not the least is because the cast includes the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters. Apocalypse looks to up the ante to the extreme as Oscar Isaac takes on the role of the first mutant - one who is keen to wipe out all life he considers weak. This means recruiting four horsemen to his cause - Fassbender's Magneto is on the list, as are newcomers Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Psylocke (Olivia Munn) and Angel (Ben Hardy). But joining the cause behind Professor X are new mutants including Jean Grey (played by Game of Thrones vet Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Jubilee (Lana Condor). The trailers make this look exciting to say the least and although I'm not a huge fan of Isaac's look, I give Bryan Singer the benefit of the doubt. It will be supremely hard to top Civil War, but I have quite enjoyed the recent X-Men films and I hope this follows suit. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and some suggestive images.

There is no shortage of comedy this summer and apparently Zac Efron is keen on appearing in as many of them as possible. First he has Neighbors 2, and later he appears in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. Efron, along with Adam DeVine, play a pair of hard-partying brothers who need a date to an upcoming wedding and decide the best course of action is to place an online ad. They think they have hit the jackpot when they wind up with Alice and Tatiana (Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza) only to find out they may be outmatched in the party department for the first time in their lives. I'm guessing there will be plenty of drinking, drugs, wanton nudity and such - and I would be right given the film's R rating for crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and some graphic nudity. Hey, it isn't a party unless someone gets naked, right?

Some movies get a rating a week or a month ahead of time - but Going in Style is taking the opposite route. Despite have a current release date in April of 2017, the film has already received its rating: PG-13 for drug content, language and some suggestive material. Much like Red, the film follows a group of what one would call "senior citizens" (in this case Morgan Freeman, Ann-Margret and Michael Caine), who aren't satisfied with retired life and plan a bank heist. I mean, what else are you going to do? Sit around the old folks home and mope? I, for one, encourage more retirees to stick it to the banks - maybe not through robbery, but whatever gets your rocks off, I guess. Anyway, I have a feeling the film will be good - but not great (much like Red). We'll have to wait until next year to find out.

That's the main movies getting their ratings this time around, but be sure the check out the full MPAA Ratings Bulletin below:


Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality.


Rated PG-13 for drug content, language and some suggestive material.


Rated R for strong violence, language, brief drug use and nudity.


Rated R for crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and some graphic nudity.


Rated PG for thematic elements involving bullying and adolescent issues, and for brief language.


Rated PG for some rude humor.


Rated PG for rude humor.


Rated PG for rude humor, action and some language.


Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and some suggestive images.


Rated PG-13 for crude humor, sexual references, comic violence, and brief drug material.

NOTE: CHANGE IN RATING AND RATING REASON. THE "R" RATING, BULLETIN NO. 2413 (2/24/16) HAS BEEN VOIDED. Director Kevin Smith was scheduled to attend an appeal screening but on the eve of this meeting, the rating was switched to PG-13, so the appeal screening was cancelled. No cuts were needed, but some edits may have been made to secure this rating.


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