‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘R.I.P.D.’ Get PG-13 Ratings

The MPAA has issued PG-13 ratings for Pacific Rim, R.I.P.D., and 7500.

Since the studios are interested getting as many people as humanly possible in theaters this summer, it’s not altogether surprising that the MPAA has handed these titles a PG-13 rating. Pacific Rim and R.I.P.D. both sport sizable budgets, and the only way to recoup that money is to target kids with disposable cash.

Director Guillermo del Toro’s giant robots versus enormous monsters flick was given a PG-13 rating for “sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language.” In other words, it probably won’t differ too much from similar efforts previously released in theaters.

The Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges supernatural comedy R.I.P.D. also received a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. The movie is said to contain “violence, sci-fi/fantasy action, some sensuality, and language including sex references.” That’s quite a list for a teen-friendly movie, but chances are these elements will be tame.

Japanese director Takashi Shimizu upcoming thriller 7500 was given a PG-13 rating as well. However, it’s currently unclear when the movie will arrive in theaters in North America. The film has yet to receive a proper release date as of this writing.

Despite the lack of information regarding the picture’s release, the MPAA has already determined that the flick is suitable for the all-important teenage audience. The thriller received the rating for “thematic material, some scary images and brief language.”

In other MPAA rating news, The Hangover 3, Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain, and The Kings of Summer were all slapped with R-ratings for various reasons. Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby was given a PG-13 rating, while Despicable Me 2 is — surprise, surprise — rated PG.

If you’re disappointed by any of the ratings, fear not: there’s always the possibility of an unrated director’s cut when the films arrive on home video.

Are you surprised that Pacific Rim and R.I.P.D both received PG-13 ratings?