July 1, 2014


While the first two installments of the action hero mash-ups in The Expendables franchise have been R-rated, The Expendables 3 will be sporting a PG-13 rating.  On one hand, this decision is a little strange considering this film is likely the last one to feature the veteran cast, so one might think they’d go all out for their last hurrah.  On the other hand, PG-13 ratings open up a significant portion of audiences, so this might be more of a financial decision than a creative one.

Starring Sylvester StalloneMel GibsonHarrison FordWesley SnipesArnold SchwarzeneggerKelsey Grammer, Antonio BanderasJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenRandy CoutureTerry CrewsKellan LutzRonda RouseyVictor Ortiz, and Glen Powell, The Expendables 3 opens August 15th.  Hit the jump for more.

Exhibitor Relations reported on The Expendables 3 rating as follows:

In 2010, The Expendables brought in almost $275 million on an $80 million budget, with nearly two-thirds of that coming from the international market.  In 2012, the $100-million-sequel took over $305 million at the box office, with over 70% of that on the international stage.  Those two films were tagged with R ratings.  So while a PG-13 label likely means a reduction in the film’s bloody carnage, it also means a wider audience and hopefully a bigger box office. This move makes the most sense if the veterans are crossing their fingers for a big payday, with the studio hoping the younger cast members help to draw in the teenage crowds.  Let us know your thoughts on the rating in the comments.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Expendables 3:

In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.


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  • Huey

    Supported Stallone his entire career, won’t see this in theaters, that is such a copout. 1 & 2 R, 3′rd is the last so they money grab it.

    • Your name here

      Why couldn’t they have half of the good guys be bad guys? That would be cool. All of them fighting each other. It takes 15 of them to take on Mel Gibson.

      • Leo Spaceman

        It took Machete an entire film to defeat him, these guys are nothing compared to Machete.

        Also why is Machete not in this film? He is an old popular badass.

      • Brandon

        Danny Trejo was supposed to be in the first Expendables, but then he’s not, for who knows what.

      • derek

        Newsflash, Stallone copped out a long time ago and began rehashing his entire career. Like any of us care about giving more money to a guy who is a one note steroid freak. Him and Arnold will do action till the day they die. Because thats their comfort zone.

      • Leo Spaceman

        Arnold ran an entire states government. I would say that is a little outside of his comfort zone.

      • derek

        Not really actually. He’s married to a Kennedy. I would say he got really comfortable in politics.

      • RiddleThemThis

        If the they did that, then half of the cast won’t return for the sequel. No one wants to play one of the bad guys.

  • TigerFIST

    I understand why they lowered it as you stated but it still sucks! I want to see brutal blood gun battles and kind of defeats the purpose of what made all the action starts great in the first place.

  • E. Lee Zimmerman

    Just one more reason not to see it.

  • Art Vandelay

    Also a much lower chance of good one-liners.

  • Leo Spaceman

    They will release an unrated version on BluRay I guarantee it. The R cut probably already exists and is ready to be put in stores.

    • Travis Callaway

      Thus there’s no reason to see this in theaters- why pay to watch a film that’s been butchered to this degree?

    • Batman

      Unrated version will be just more cgi blood.

  • brNdon

    Is it me or does Kellan Lutz look exactly like Andrew Rannells from “Girls” in the group picture.

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  • Travis Callaway

    I’ll see it, though only after it’s been out for two weeks because of the kid-friendly rating. And to think they brought in Director Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) for the most neutered volume yet…

  • Rob

    Stallone said it would be PG-13 back in May, this isn’t exactly news.

  • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

    Ex2 was so terrible, I’m not watching this. Especially not without the gnarly violence.

  • RockNRollerER

    I guess that’ll save them the expense of composting in all that CGI blood from the first two movies.

  • Mateiu Marius

    is pg-13 i dont go to cinema fuck stallone

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  • alk

    Normally bitchin’ about a PG13 rating would be trivial and actually dumb, but for a movie like this…it is a complete cop out and totally goes against the idea of this entire movie. I think somewhere between 1 and 2, Stallone just said “ah fuck it” and only thought about how much more money he could profit, with the least amount of work. This is that. People making the distinction on here that going to see it in cinemas would be pointless vs waiting for the R-rated DVD have some truth in what they say…it’s like being promised a horror movie with tons of fun, gore, nudity and politically incorrect jokes, only to see a watered down version in the theater with all the good bits cut out, or cut down.

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  • appolox

    God why is everyone so pissed? Is a few less f-words (which there weren’t very many of in the other 2) and less cgi blood really going to ruin the entire movie for you?

    • Suchet B

      Glad to see someone thinking here – people are forgetting that Stallone tried for PG13 for The Expendables 2 and that was even more violent than the first one (The Expendables in the UK was an 18 and The Expendables 2 was a 15 in the UK to give people an idea). PG13 doesn’t make a film less bloodthirsty or less horrific in fact it can be more thrilling look at Jaws which has been a PG13 for years – the only thing sacrificed will be a few curse words and gratituos sex scenes (which there is not any of in The Expendables movies anyway).
      Id rather that the movie is great than worry about its censored age rating.

      • appolox

        Finally someone is using their noggin! The film will still be filled with manly machismo, testosterone fueled over the top action sequences, and cheesy one-liners. These film are a throwback to 80′s action movies. Blood and f-words are not what made them great, so as long as it keeps the spirit alive then it’s doing its job. You don’t walk out of Fast and the Furious thinking “man, that could have really benefited from some f-bombs”, so why should you think that about The Expendables?

      • Suchet B

        Yes I totally agree with the Fast and Furious example a nice way of putting it to people who want to complain about the rating on the movie . And the The film will most likely be released in an uncut format later on bluray or DVD anyway

      • appolox

        Lol maybe that’ll shut em up.

  • scurvy

    Meh. First two didn’t utilize the R Rating anyway. Just a ton of cgi bodies exploding.

  • Lionman

    I think I remember reading an arcticle about this a while back when Harrison Ford was about to join the cast under the condition that it would be brought down to PG 13… Can someone remember?

    • RiddleThemThis

      There was a rumor about that with Chuck Norris for Ex2 as well, only in that one they kept the R rating anyways.

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    No it should be 15 not shit pg13 NO!