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A Quiet Place, I Feel Pretty and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

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By Chris Kavan - 03/21/18 at 09:34 AM CT

It's dead horse beating time! Yes, once again we have two, count 'em, two wide releases to talk about... again. How many months is this now? I've honestly lost count but my hopes that I'm going to get another decent week (of three, four - hell five or more) entries is diminishing to the point I'm pretty sure two a week is the new normal. Well, I'm not on the MPAA Ratings Board, so I can't determine the quality or volume. Whatever. This week brings us a silent but deadly horror film along with an Amy Schumer comedy about what constitutes beauty. Sounds about right.

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The horror resurgence continues this year. There are plenty of films to be excited about: Unsane, that creepy ass trailer for Hereditary and, of course the next film set in the Conjuring universe, The Nun. But today we'er going to talk about A Quiet Place. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, along with their children (played by Marcus and Regan Abbott) live in quiet isolation - and there's a reason for it. Set in an unspecified future, the family must remain silent, for any noise will draw monstrous creatures (experiments? aliens? mutants?) who hunt by sound. The trailers make this looks like a very effective modern horror film and the reaction from its SXSW premiere has been very positive. Krasinski also acts as director, producer and writer - but by everything I've seen, I think this will propel his career. This has the potential to be one of the highest-grossing horror films of the year and I, for one, am looking forward to it. Rated PG-13 for terror and some bloody images.

We're witnessing a new age for feminism and women - across the board, really. This obviously includes Hollywood, which means we're going to be getting a lot more films that are going to celebrate women rather than humor them. Speaking of humor, Amy Schumer is not one to pull her punches and I Feel Pretty should let her express herself. Schumer plays Renee Barrett, a completely average woman getting by in a completely average life. She is surrounded by beauty everyday, working at a cosmetics company, and, like so many women, feels a complete lack of confidence when faced with what the modern world considers beauty. But after falling off an exercise bike and hitting her head, Renee finds herself under a spell - one that causes her to believe she is now the most beautiful woman in the world. Though the outside world sees the same person, her new confidence has her quickly rising up the ranks of her company, where she finally has the ability to gain the respect of her boss, and idol, Avery LeClaire (Michelle Williams). Soon enough, however, this "spell" begins to wear off but that doesn't mean her new outlook on life will soon be forgotten. It will be interesting to see if this brings in a wholly female audience or if men will be just as interested. It seems a bit polarizing to me, but Schumer has talent and if she can sell this change I don't see what it can't attract a decent audience. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some partial nudity and language.

It's a double bill once again, but, of course, there is more to explore below - take your time, I'm sure the full MPAA Ratings Bulletin will be happy if you check it out.


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


Rated R for violence and some language.


Rated R for language throughout, drug and alcohol use, some sexual content and violence.


Rated R for violence and language.


Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some partial nudity, and language.


Rated PG for some peril and thematic elements.


Rated R for some violence.


Rated G


Rated PG-13 for terror and some bloody images.


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