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Baby Driver, War for the Planet of the Apes, Emoji Movie and More in the MPAA Ratings Bulletin

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By Chris Kavan - 06/14/17 at 09:07 AM CT

The flood gates have opened, at least for this week. The MPAA ratings board has decided to offer a veritable smorgasbord of ratings this time around. While a vast majority fall in to the limited category, there are some notable exceptions: the latest in the updated Planet of the Apes movie gets its due, along with the animated Emoji Movie (Why God? WHY?) and the latest film from Edgar Wright about a getaway driver involved in a plan destined to fail. I can only hope that the next few updates can be just as exciting.

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I have been a big fan of Edgar Wright, mainly due to the fact that his "Three Flavours Cornetto" film trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and, yes, even The World's End) happen to be some of my favorite movies. But Wright isn't just about giving Simon Pegg and Nick Frost prime acting gigs, he has many talents. Case in point: Baby Driver. Wright's next film follows a young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort), who is coerced in to taking part in a heist that is doomed to failure. The great cast lineup also includes Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Sky Ferreira, Eiza González and Flea. Oh, and it also happens to have a kick-ass soundtrack to boot. The film looks like a lot of fun - crime, action, the music - and with Wright behind the camera I have no doubt this is going to be a great trip. Rated R for violence and language throughout.

While I have also been impressed with the new take on Planet of the Apes, for some reason I haven't been able to get excited about the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes. I don't know if it's sequel fatigue or just that is hasn't grabbed my attention, but I have no desire to see this one in the theaters. Once again, Andy Serkis voices (and mo-caps) Caesar, leader of the intelligent apes that now fights with humans to become the dominant species. An humans-first Colonel (Woody Harrelson) wants nothing more than to eradicate what he sees as abominations, and launches an attack that nearly succeeds. With unimaginable losses, Caesar comes to terms with his new struggle to lead his species to survive, even if it means taking on what remains of mankind. Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, Ty Olsson, Terry Notary and Amiah Miller round out the cast. It looks like it fits in with the rest of the movies but, as I said, I'm just not sold this time around. Rated PG-13 for
sequences of sci-fi violence and action, thematic elements, and some disturbing images.

Speaking of not being sold on bad ideas, who the hell thought is was a good idea to greenlight The Emoji Movie? I don't care if Sir Patrick Stewart is voicing the Poop Emoji or that slack-god T.J. Miller is leading the charge - it's a movie... about talking emojis and I can't believe I just had to type that sentence. Sigh - Miller plays Gene, who finds himself set apart from the single-emoji crowd by being created without a filter and thus able to express multiple emotions. Gene wants to be like everyone else and enlists the help of Hi-5 (James Corden) and the risky Jailbreak (Anna Faris) in order to dive in to the depths of the smartphone and find the code that will make him regular. But in doing so, they discover a nefarious plot that could spell doom for everyone. Sofía Vergara, Jennifer Coolidge, Maya Rudolph, Christina Aguilera and Steven Wright help round out the cast. Now, I could be wrong - maybe this movie will be absolutely hilarious - The Lego Movie managed to completely surprise me - but I can say with certainty that it will take a lot to make me even consider watching this one. Rated PG for rude humor.

Finally, there is Life of the Party. Unfortunatley the film is coming out for quite a long time (May of 2018 to be exact) and other than the director (Ben Falcone) and cast (Melissa McCarthy, Julie Bowen, Gillian Jacobs, Stephen Root, Maya Rudolph, Chris Parnell, Christina Aguilera and Matt Walsh among them) - and the fact it's going to be a comedy - I don't have any other information. Oh, except the rating of PG-13 for sexual material, drug
content and partying - of course, it's called Life of the Party, there betting be partying involved.

Those are the big names receiving their ratings this time around, but be sure to check the full MPAA Ratings Bulletin below:


Rated R for violence and language throughout.


Rated R for language, some violence and a brief nude image.


Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, some drug use and violence.


Rated R for language.


Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including some bloody medical images.


Rated R for language, some sexuality/nudity and violence.


Rated PG for rude humor.


Rated R for violence including a brief sexual assault.


Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references.


Rated R for some strong violence, and language throughout.


Rated PG-13 for sexual material, drug content and partying.


Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity.


Rated R for language and some drug material.


Rated R for strong violence including a brutal rape sequence, drug use and language throughout, some sexual content and nudity.


Rated G.


Rated R for violence, grisly images, strong sexuality, some graphic nudity and language.


Rated R for some violence and language.


Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, thematic elements and some disturbing images.


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Wrote on 06/15/17 at 08:01 AM CT

Psyched for War for the Planet of the Apes. The Emoji Movie looks garbage. Baby Driver looks fun. I have my hopes for it

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