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Detroit, Home Again, She's Living My Life and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

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By Chris Kavan - 07/12/17 at 09:38 AM CT

I guess the board has also gotten over the 4th of July holiday as it looks like they're getting back in the swing of things with another decent updated. We have a lot coming at us: Reese Witherspoon playing a hot mom, Tyler Perry giving us yet another film and Kathryn Bigelow providing us a racially-charged historical drama. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll get angry - maybe not all at once, but with this good of a mix, why split hairs?

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Kathryn Bigelow has proven herself to be at the forefront of female directors with hard-hitting films like The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. She has a very good chance of securing yet another Academy Award nomination with the upcoming Detroit. The film takes place during the July 25, 1967 Algiers Motel incident, resulting in the death of three black men, several other beatings and one of the largest race riots in U.S. history - that led to further deaths and massive property damage as the Michigan Army National Guard and additional military forces, as ordered by President Lyndon B. Johnson, were sent in. The highly volatile incident was captured in the media. The cast boasts some big names: John Boyega, Will Poulter, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie, Hannah Murray, Malcolm David Kelley, Jason Mitchell, Laz Alonso and Ben O'Toole are just a few of the names attached. Considering how Bigelow has handled such heavy subjects in the past, I don't think this is an Oscar-bait film. Some people may bristle that a white, female director is handling this, but get over it - she can handle it just fine and I think this is going to be one of the big films being named when awards season starts to roll around. Rated R for strong violence and pervasive language.

On a completely different wavelength, Hallie Meyers-Shyer (daughter of Nancy Meyers) is a first time writer-director of Home Again, in which Reese Witherspoon plays a single mother who moves back to L.A. only to find some unexpected company in the form of three younger men who provide a spark in her life - but things become even more complicated when her ex-husband arrives on her doorstep seeking reconciliation. While i have never been a strong fan of Witherspoon, she has delivered consistently in the past with films like Sweet Home Alabama, Legally Blonde and Wild. Plus, I won't lie, she still looks damn good and seems tailor-made for this role. But Home Again looks to have more depth than what you would think upon the surface and I think it will be an excellent film for women and maybe even the guys (but not me - I totally hate rom-coms of any ilk). I think it will play well with the crowd it is trying to appeal to. Rated PG-13 for some thematic and sexual material.

That then leaves us with Tyler Perry, who will grace us with She's Living My Life (formally known as Acrimony) sometime early next year. Because it's so far off, I don't have much to go off of other than the cast that includes Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Nicolet, Tika Sumpter, Jazmyn Simon and Lyriq Bent. Oh, and that this isn't yet another Madea film (but don't worry, we get that Halloween sequel this October for anyone who likes Perry's creation). In any case, the film looks to follow in the footsteps of Perry's other films of this kind: Daddy's Little Girls , Meet the Browns and I Can Do Bad All by Myself - comedy, romance, drama, you know the drill. I have yet to see a single Perry film and I don't think this is going to change my mind. Rated R for language, sexual content and some violence.

Those are the latest big films getting their ratings due, but be sure to check out the full MPAA Ratings Bulletin below:


Rated R for strong horror violence, grisly images, language, brief sexuality and drug use.


Rated R for strong violence and pervasive language.


Rated R for language, some sexual references and nudity.


Rated PG-13 for some thematic and sexual material.


Rated R for sequences of violence.


Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, some violence, sexual material and smoking.


Rated PG-13 for some language.


Rated R for crude sexual content, language throughout and some drug material.


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