By Chris Kavan - 09/04/19 at 12:38 AM CT
Well, the post Labor-Day slump has hit the MPAA Ratings Board and we're back to but a single wide release getting a rating this week. And, wouldn't you know it, it's a horror sequel - to a somewhat mediocre offering in my eyes, but low-budget horror is always an easy sell and maybe this sequel will prove a rare offering that is better than the original... but I'm not going to be holding my breath. Other than that, you have your typical limited (or streaming) releases and not much else. Here's hoping the rest of fall is a bit more interesting.
Our lone entry into the wide release ratings pool is Brahms: The Boy 2, which, of course, is a sequel to The Boy from 2016. The original film followed an American nanny (Lauren Cohan) who finds herself caring for a "boy" who happens to be a life-sized doll named Brahms - one that the Heelshire family (Diana Hardcastle and Jim Norton) have a strict set of rules for - and treat him like their late son. But, of course, things start getting ever more creepy than having to take care of a life-size doll as she becomes convinced a supernatural force is behind things... but the truth may be far more scary. The sequel takes place several years later - so the cast is entirely new. This time the story follows a family that is moving into the formerly Heelshire estate - mother (Katie Holmes), father (Owain Yeoman) and son (Christopher Convery) - and the son soon discovers and becomes friends with a certain, familiar life-sized doll he calls Brahms. Considering how the original film ended, this is either going to play out the same way... or go a more supernatural route. In any case, I found the first film to be a perfectly mediocre horror film - and with William Brent Bell returning to direct, I don't see this playing much different. Rated PG-13 for violence, terror, brief strong language and thematic elements.
That is all you're getting out of me this week - but be sure to check out the full MPAA Ratings Bulletin below... if you're so inclined.
BRAHMS: THE BOY 2
Rated PG-13 for violence, terror, brief strong language and thematic elements.
Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, some sexual references, brief nudity and drug use.
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual material.
Rated R for language throughout, some disturbing/violent content, and sexual references.
Rated PG for some mild rude humor.
Rated R for bloody creature violence, sexual content and language.
Rated PG for some thematic elements, alcohol and smoking images, and brief language.