What’s the next step for the Academy Award winning Best Film of 2011? A PG-13 rated re-release, of course.
As Zap2it previously reported, rumors had been circulating that Harvey Weinstein was considering a re-cut of “The King’s Speech” to change the rating from R to PG-13. A move that actor Geoffrey Rush considers “a shame.”
In an effort to fix what clearly isn’t broken, said re-release is set to hit 1,000 screens on April 1st. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Weinstein Co. believes that a PG-13 version will drum up box office revenues, despite the money that will undoubtedly be spent on a nationwide marketing campaign to explain the rating change.
In the new teen-friendly version, numerous curse words are cut from a scene that Rush described as “therapeutic play.” [Side note:] Are there any teens out there dying to go see this movie? If so, how many of their parents forbade the R-rated version?
“It’s almost like a tongue-twister,” Rush adds. “It’s gobbledygook. But it’s not aggressive, it’s not offensive. It’s not harmful.”
Would you prefer “The King’s Speech” sans F-bombs? Or does their removal compromise the integrity of the film?