By Chris Kavan - 12/12/18 at 09:25 AM CT
C'mon, Ratings Board, you can't be in holiday mode for the rest of the year. I mean, last week I actively struggled to come up with a film to talk about. This week is ever-so-slightly better in that the lone movie to talk about is at least a wide release, but I mean, can't you throw me a few more bones? The magic number is always three - not too many, not too few. Anything else is either making me bored or making me work way too hard. I kid, I kid - really, I'm happy as long as you give me something to work with, so a sequel to a surprisingly interesting horror film with a good twist, well, I'll take it.
Blumhouse has truly transformed the face of modern horror The Purge, Insidious, Sinister, Get Out, Split, The Belko Experiment, Ouija - I mean, whether part of a series or not, the studio has managed to provide some of the best options for "popular" horror - and, in a twist worthy of any horror film - they are, for the most part, also quite good. One of these entries was a little film called Happy Death Day, which followed college student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) a somewhat vapid sorority girl who celebrates her birthday by being murdered. But instead of dying like any normal person, she wakes up to to the same day - only to be murdered again... and again... and again - thus she must figure out how so survive, figure out who is trying to kill her and make everything right. It was Groundhog Day with a horror twist, and I thought it was played quite smartly, with a few nice twists thrown in along with an attempt at building a little theory about how things worked. Thus, it comes as little surprise that we're getting Happy Death Day 2U. This time around, Tree is enjoying life with her now-boyfriend Carter Davis (Israel Broussard) having put the past behind (SPOILER ALERT) and after killing fellow sorority sister and roommate Lori (Ruby Modine) who was behind her many murders. But just when things seem to be working out in her favor - Tree is flung back to the familiar murder loop - and this time she's not the only one being targeted. Thus she not only has to save herself, but those closest to her, in order to secure her own life and the future she has been living. I mean, I didn't know what to expect with the first film and was happy, so this new twist should be fun to watch. Most of the cast is unchanged, though Suraj Sharma (playing Samar Ghosh) has been added as what looks like some kind of smart, science type. I'm on board. Rated PG-13 for violence, language, sexual material and thematic elements.
That's all for the wide releases. Yes, another light week, but I'm hoping we'll get another decent chunk before the year is out. As always, the full MPAA Ratings Bulletin can be found below. Why not check it out?
Rated PG for some mild thematic elements.
HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U
Rated PG-13 for violence, language, sexual material and thematic elements.
JEREMIAH TERMINATOR LEROY
Rated R for language throughout, sexual content and brief nudity.
Rated R for strong violence including rape, sexual content/nudity, pervasive language and brief drug use.
Rated PG for mild peril and rude humor.
RUN THE RACE
Rated PG for thematic content and some teen partying.
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi horror violence and terror, and for some language.
Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity.