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Miss Bala, The Prodigy, Ya Veremos and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

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By Chris Kavan - 08/15/18 at 09:48 AM CT

After the utter disappointment the ratings board brought me last week by offering up nothing to talk about, this week things are back on track with three major films to talk about. Interesting enough, two out of the three are quite far out and thus I don't have as much to talk about as I would like. One is remake of a Mexican film about a woman forced into the drug trade, the second is a horror/thriller about a mother concerned her son has fallen under a supernatural influence and the final is a Spanish-language film that looks like a sweet, family drama. All in all - while the film's aren't the most exciting I've had (speaking personally), at least it's something to talk about.

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Because it's coming out the earliest, I'm going to start with Ya Veremos. There has been a nice wave of Spanish-language films making a splash at the box office - and it has even led to some cross-over appeal with Eugenio Derbez moving from well-received Spanish film Instructions Not Included straight to Hollywood with the likes of How to Be a Latin Lover and Overboard. But while Derbez may be one of the more familiar names, there is no doubt that Spanish-language films are popular. Ya Veremos looks to makes it own mark, and the story just looks heart-warming as hell. The film follows young Santi (Emiliano Aramayo) who is dealing with the divorce of his parents Rodrigo (Mauricio Ochmann) and Alejandra (Fernanda Castillo). Both parents occasionally see each other as they must split time with Santi - but something will soon bring them much closer. Santi is diagnosed with a problem that requires surgery in order to save his eyesight. The operation is not without danger, however, and Santi makes a wishlist before the big operation - one that requires both of his parents to work. I mean, if that doesn't make you want to hug someone, well, you must be a heartless sociopath (psychopath?) - one of those. Like Instructions Not Included, it's going to draw families, women and I'm sure it will do better than I would expect. Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive content.

Now we move to 2019 for our next two films. First up is one I have a bit more information about, if only because it's a remake and thus we kind of know where things are going. That would be Miss Bala - a remake of the 2011 film of the same name. The film follows a young woman (Gina Rodriguez) who enters a beauty contest with her friend (Cristina Rodlo) only to witness a murder which puts her in the path of a crime boss who forces her to work for him. Anthony Mackie, Matt Lauria, Aislinn Derbez and Ismael Cruz Cordova help round out the cast. The 2011 was loosely based on a true story - I'm not sure if this version is going its own way or will retain a bit of truth. In any case, man, blackmail just sucks - much more so if it leads to dangerous, illegal and possibly lethal consequences. Just saying, I'm guessing Ms. Rodriguez isn't going to have the greatest time in this one. Rated PG-13 for sequences of gun violence, sexual and drug content, thematic material and language.

That leaves us with one last one, and, unfortunately, info is a bit scarce for The Prodigy. What I do know is that the film is a horror/thriller that follows a mother (Taylor Schilling) who his convinced her son (Jackson Robert Scott - breakout child star of It who played the yellow-slicker clad Georgie) has fallen under a supernatural influence after exhibiting disturbing behavior. The film co-stars Peter Mooney, Colm Feore, Brittany Allen and Olunike Adeliyi. I know that's not a lot to go on yet, but if the young Scott has taught me anything, it's that the future of creepy kids in movies is alive and strong - he's so sweet, I can't wait to see how he plays it evil. Rated R for violence, disturbing and bloody images, a sexual reference and brief graphic nudity.

Those are the big three for this week, but feel free to check out the full MPAA Ratings Bulletin below:


Rated PG-13 for thematic content including violence, war images and some crude sexual references.


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


Rated R for violence, some disturbing images and language.


Rated R for some sexuality/nudity.


Rated R for language including some sexual references.


Rated R for language and some sexual content.


Rated PG for some mild action.


Rated PG-13 for sequences of gun violence, sexual and drug content, thematic material, and language.


Rated R for violence, disturbing and bloody images, a sexual reference and brief graphic nudity.


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


Rated PG-13 for sequences of action violence.


Rated R for bloody violence, and language.


Rated R for violence and grisly images, sexual content, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use.


Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive content.


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