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‘New Moon’ to be R-Rated?

March 24, 2009

source: The Examiner

Twilight, 2008’s hit book-to-film translation of Stephenie Meyer‘s masterpiece novel, was rated PG-13 “for some violence and a scene of sensuality.” That scene of sensuality, as we know, was the ever-elusive kissing scene between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as Bella Swan and Edward Cullen in her bedroom.

The Twilight DVD’s deleted scenes, if included, would have elevated the number of “sensual” scenes by adding one more kiss scene, a playful (but racy) scene between Edward and Bella in the woods, and a vampire lip-lock between Rachelle LeFevre and Cam Gigandet (Victoria and James).

By limiting these scenes in Twilight, the film remained rated PG-13. That “some violence” included the attack of one security guard in Mason County, the attack of Waylan (friend of Bella’s father, Charlie swan), and the attack of Bella by James with Edward’s subsequent rescue.

New Moon, however, if remaining true to Meyer’s book, is guaranteed to contain more violence and sensuality.

For starters, fans hope that the movie starts out with a bang. No, not literally, but fans hope that Edward and Bella’s relationship includes more animated lip-locking and romance. After having spent a wonderful summer together, their relationship, like in the book, should be much more touchy-feely (at first).

Jasper and Edward are set to get into a major altercation over Bella when she cuts her finger in the beginning as well. Jasper, who leers at Bella’s spilled blood and threatens her safety, takes a snap at Bella, and Edward, in turn, takes a snap at him.

With the werewolves, the characters of Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and Paul (Alex Meraz) need to be ready to fight. In the book sequences, Paul morphs into his werewolf state and Jacob follows suit, commencing a brawl that the fans of the Twilight Series hope to be as vicious as described.

Next, we should see some rather-disturbing scenes from the Volturi clan as well. Jane, to be played by Dakota Fanning, is supposed to put Edward (Rob Pattinson) on his back with her sneer, and Heidi, the Volturi vixen who seduces un-aware humans into coming into the home of the Italian vampires, should bring some destruction with her as well. From Bella’s viewpoint in New Moon, the book, that scene is very disturbing. For fans of the book, then, its horror should be brought to life in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

With Bella and Edward’s return from Italy, fans expect the reunion to be just as intimate and sweet as in the book. This should include the passionate kissing that we will have hopefully seen in the beginning sequences as well.

These scenes, amongst others, are among those that might heighten the so-called “violence” and “sensuality” upon which film ratings are based.

Thus, this begs the question. Twilight was rated PG-13 at the expense of several enjoyable scenes being put aside for the DVD. Would you rather see New Moon be rated PG-13 for the sake of its young adult and teenage audiences, or would you rather scenes like the above be included in the theatrical version with, potentially, an R rating?

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37 Comments leave one →
  1. Monika permalink
    March 24, 2009 10:47 pm

    I say it should stick to the book! If it goes to the rating R! So let it be!!!

  2. March 25, 2009 2:47 am

    There are SO many fans that are 13-18, they would be foolish not to keep the PG-13 rating. Kids are the only ones with the money to see the movies over and over these days. They can spend their allowances on that and not have to worry about silly stuff like mortages and utilities. Besides, the books are labeled young adult. There is tension and suspense, but very little actual violence. The fight between Jacob and Paul for instance can happen off camera. Bella really doesn’t see it. She sees fur-sploding and then wolves running into the woods. It’s the same with the wolves and Laurent. Laurent starts stalking Bella. The wolves approach and she is scared of them too, and then both threats run away and conduct their violence elsewhere. Snarls and growls off camera even if Bella can see them and we can’t would be psychologically thrilling, but would save and violence, no to mention F/X money.

  3. March 25, 2009 4:16 am

    There are SO many fans that are 13-18, they would be foolish not to keep the PG-13 rating. Kids are the only ones with the money to see the movies over and over these days. They can spend their allowances on that and not have to worry about silly stuff like mortages and utilities. Besides, the books are labeled young adult. There is tension and suspense, but very little actual violence. The fight between Jacob and Paul for instance can happen off camera. Bella really doesn’t see it. She sees fur-sploding and then wolves running into the woods. It’s the same with the wolves and Laurent. Laurent starts stalking Bella. The wolves approach and she is scared of them too, and then both threats run away and conduct their violence elsewhere. Snarls and growls off camera even if Bella can see them and we can’t would be psychologically thrilling, but would save and violence, no to mention F/X money.
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!

  4. karly permalink
    March 30, 2009 12:19 am

    It would be just stupid to rate the movie R. Like Breaking Dawn probaly will be rated R cause its got sex scences but New Moon itsnt that bad. It should stay rated at PG-13

  5. KATHLEEN WEGRECKI permalink
    April 4, 2009 6:03 pm

    It should be rated pg-13.Kids like me (10) are already reading the books like me! so it should not make a difference. Besides it wouldnt be fare to all of the other twilight fans (8 and up).And the kids who read the books probley want to see what happens in the movie.Thats what i think.

  6. KATHLEEN WEGRECKI permalink
    April 4, 2009 6:04 pm

    It should be rated r Kids like me (10) are already reading the books like me! so it should not make a difference. Besides it wouldnt be fare to all of the other twilight fans (8 and up).And the kids who read the books probley want to see what happens in the movie.Thats what i think.

  7. KATHLEEN WEGRECKI permalink
    April 4, 2009 6:05 pm

    PG-13!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. KATHLEEN WEGRECKI permalink
    April 4, 2009 6:07 pm

    Sorry forget the one when it says “it should be rated r.”

  9. April 10, 2009 1:56 pm

    i think it should not be rated r because my parent would not let me watch and im 13 ok so justed think how many people would hate you if you made it rated r i mean i read the books but the only reason i got to ready them was because my mom had never ready them so think of how many fans feels you will harted if its rated r

  10. JOHANNA permalink
    April 18, 2009 11:55 am

    this is so dum if its goin 2 be rated r there’s nothin really that you need it 2 be rated r. kids 13 and older watch and read it.i think it should be rated PG-13 cuz its not fare for 13 and up for the people who wouldnt be able to get in. breakin dawn i would get to be rated r but not new moon.

  11. Elijah permalink
    April 21, 2009 6:24 pm

    Ok so here is the ratings i think the rest of the twilight saga films should get.

    New Moon: PG-13 becuase it has things exactly like twilight and jus becuase we have more violence it culd still be PG-13.

    Eclipse: PG-13 becuase i think this book is the least young adult themed book maybe even a PG.

    Breaking Dawn: PG-13 ok many people believe it will be rated R becuase of all of those scenes and evrything but it can still be a PG-13 or in this case a heavy PG-13 which means of the verge of Rated R. But in the end i think Summit will try to make thes scenes a little less disturbing.

  12. May 11, 2009 7:11 pm

    oO im not a big fan of books or Twilight, but my friends who liked it said they found something on the internet that said that the auother wanted to make the next moive rated r cus, she did didnt want little kids reading or watching moives, how retard is that? so wat if little kids are reading or watching her moives, she makes more money, now she makes it rated r? pshhh , she not gonna get alot of money after this next movie, most ppl said was bad anyway. if she didnt want kids to read it and teens only then dont make a fantasy books, my friends who watched it said it was like a chick flick but like a fantasy verison.
    i dont like Twilight , i got bored after a few pages. books i would recommend are the 5 people you meet in heaven, and a dog’s life

  13. Agirlwithadream permalink
    May 24, 2009 7:15 pm

    U should make the movie rates r just so people can see what they have image. U can’t make a movie pg-13 if it need to be rated r.

  14. Glo permalink
    May 28, 2009 1:56 pm

    I think that they should portray the movie just as it is in the book.
    Yeah sure some teens with uptight strict parents will miss out but the masterpiece needs to be appreciated in any form. Plus if you arent old enough to watch it in theater have someone buy your tickets or simply explain its only rated R because of “violence”. If you read the book the “damage” is already done seeing as you’ve imagined all these scenes in your mind and you know it wont be all down and dirty in the film. Plus kristen stewart is so hot. If only she were gay lol. Rated R FTW!

  15. Leanne permalink
    May 28, 2009 7:21 pm

    If its not rated R….it will be crap and completely untrue to the real story. All good for the teeny boppers to conjure up the scene from the book in their own mind….they can watch to movie when they get older…its not going to disappear!!

    OR make an uncut second dvd….Eclipse and Breaking Dawn are only going to get harder to produce in Movie form if racy/violent parts have to be cut so 14 year olds can watch them.

  16. June 2, 2009 5:01 pm

    tell me about it, i saw twilight 8-10 times. and i plan on seeing new moon wice as many times. most of the people who actually wated twilight where teenagrs anyway. so they would loose alot of profit.
    do you know how many underage teens would kill just to see it?
    ive watched the trailer a million times and still cant get enough of it.
    i saw keep it atleast M rated.

  17. June 9, 2009 5:06 pm

    pg-13 if its r my mom and dad might not let me watch it i already cant watch any rated r movies.

  18. lefty permalink
    June 14, 2009 8:56 am

    pg-13!!! please. its cant be THAT bad. twilight wuznt even scary.. i mean, most teenagers read it. like, im 12 and my parents DEFIENTLY wouldnt let me c a R rated film. they think i’ll be too scared or something.. cuz when i watched amityville of horror and saw.. oh gosh i couldnt sleep for days!!

  19. June 15, 2009 8:47 am

    I think New Moon should be rated PG-13 becuz What’s the difference in reading the book and watchin the movie becuz when u read the book u can picture it all in ur mind! And besides everyone iz sayin it’s goin 2 have 2 much violence but Cops has more violence than New Moon and it’s only rated PG so I say New Moon should be rated PG-13

  20. June 15, 2009 8:50 am

    I think it should be rated PG-13 becuz most of the readers r under the age 13 or they r 13

  21. June 15, 2009 8:52 am

    I think New Moon should be rated PG-13 becuz What’s the difference in reading the book and watchin the movie becuz when u read the book u can picture it all in ur mind! And besides everyone iz sayin it’s goin 2 have 2 much violence but Cops has more violence than New Moon and it’s only rated PG so I say New Moon should be rated PG-13 so there

  22. Stephanie permalink
    June 15, 2009 8:09 pm

    If it is rated PG-13 then they will have to cut down from the book which leads to disappointed fans and readers. For all you underage kids it will not go away. You can go with some friends who can get in or wait for the movie to go out. You will get to see it one way or another. If you’ve read the books they’re obviously are not going to be PG-13 all the way. I hope New Moon will be rated-r less little kids screaming and squilling at the sight of Edward or Jacob. Gosh!

  23. Alice Grace permalink
    July 3, 2009 9:01 pm

    I think they should do whatever is neccessary to make the movie as close to the book as possible. In my opinion, Twilight fell very flat compared to the book. I dont know if it was the acting, directing, or what but it just wasnt what I pictured. Me & my friends (like 14) are planning to go see the midnight premiere if we can get tickets. I know for a fact that if the movie is rated R my friends will have to go WITH their parents, or their parents go first to approve it, and a couple will not be able to go at all. Yes that will crush their spirits but once they are Of Age they can watch it.
    The only problem with this is that that pretty much means that the rest of the series will be rated R, right? And Eclipse didnt have THAT much violence. Itd just be weird for the ratings to go PG13 to R back to PG13 and back to R.
    If they DO downsize some of the fans favorite scenes, people will be pissed. Like with twilight, certain things were just straight up not right. or missing. I want the movie to be as amaing as possible.
    This is just my personal opinion, sorry if I offend anyone, I truly dont mean to.
    ❤ Alice Grace!!

  24. marisa permalink
    July 30, 2009 6:55 am

    i really dont care what its rated. im 14. so if its rated pg-13 then i’ll just buy the ticket. if its rated r i’ll buy a ticket to another movie and just sneak inot the new moon theater, or get someone who’s 17 to buy me a ticket. cause nothing is going to stop me from seeing this movie.

    i also heard on mtv’s website that they actually filmed a nude scene with the volturi. so right now we really dont know what its going to be rated.

  25. meli permalink
    August 3, 2009 4:37 pm

    make it exactly like the book as long as its good who kares if its rated R!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. cjc permalink
    August 4, 2009 7:50 pm

    okay. whoever “kneww” is has their facts messed up because Stephenie Meyer doesn’t want her movies to be Rated R. She happens to be a mormon (like me) and we believe in not watching rated r movies, so why would she want the movie of the book she has written to be something she doesn’t even believe in watching? Besides, once an author gives the movie rights over, they basically have no control over how the book is represented.

  27. Steph permalink
    September 15, 2009 9:31 am

    i think that new moon and eclipse and breaking dawn should be a rated a 15..because then you wont have to change the film just for the sake of the younger kids…

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  29. whatsit toya permalink
    October 5, 2009 7:19 pm

    i want itn to be r becuase im turning 13 when it comes out!

  30. Narney permalink
    October 27, 2009 11:19 pm

    It should be P.G because they would lose all their money from the us kids who will see the movie more times than the average adult. But even if it’s rated I will just get my mum to rent it out from the video store and watch it with her!!!

  31. Gina permalink
    November 1, 2009 8:24 am

    I think it should be pg-13 because im 10 and i can’t get enough of the trailer.

  32. Gina permalink
    November 15, 2009 8:16 am

    I think it should be rated r because because i am 10 years old and i don’t think it has much “violence” or “sensuality”.

  33. January 3, 2010 7:16 am

    i think it should be rated pg or r cos i’m 10 and i wached the 1 one and it was so romantic and i wanna watch it a million times i’ve watched really over my age movies wich have things people don’t wanna seebut it’s only fair so every one can c and i’ve wachted i am a legend and and snakes on a plane and halloween and not talkin bout the kiddi halloween so there that shows it should be fair 4 evry1 plus if ur paren’ts don’t weant u 2 c it tough but i know i can so wats the bi deal.

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