Bring back hard ‘R’ movies

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By MICHEAL ROMERO

If you’ve been to a movie theater in the past decade, you’ve seen a flurry of remakes, reboots, re-imaginings and 3D revisions of popular source material.

Some have been good, but most have been awful.

Despite this alliterative trend, one R-word has seen less attention when churning out those adaptations and that word is “restricted.”

The Motion Picture Association of America gives “restricted” or “R” ratings to movies deemed unsuitable for viewers under 17 without parental accompaniment.

Accessibility is the short answer for this trend.

Younger moviegoers tend to flock to superhero films and teen novel adaptations, so it makes sense for producers to make sure the content is suitable for this target audience.

The success of the Harry Potter series, the Twilight series, the Hunger Games series and any Marvel film is the reason for the PG-13 pattern.

Unfortunately, the accessability trend has spread it’s reach to include remakes and sequels of some of the most graphic hard “R” films of the past.

Movies like “Die Hard,” “Terminator,” “Robocop” and “Red Dawn” fell victim to the family-friendly lean by having their original content shoehorned into the style of the modern day action fare to ensure a PG-13 rating.

These attempts proved moderately successful but not nearly as successful as their predecessors. One could argue that any money made came soley from brand recognition which is why any of these remakes and sequels came to fruition in the first place.

Studios wanted to milk what they could from beloved franchises in an effort to replicate the numbers of the past.

However, when they chose to forego  the content audiences loved in favor of reachability, the films proved to be duds.

But what’s done is done and our favorite film series’s of the past may now only exist in the decade that made them big.

Maybe the success of recent R-rated flicks “Straight Outta Compton” and “Deadpool”, will turn things around for the better due to their high box office grosses.

The “Compton” biopic took a pioneer hip-hop group’s story and pulled no punches showing the exploits of a band whose music and antics were far from family friendly.

Even though it was a super hero adaptation, the “Deadpool” flick stripped the violence and vulgarity straight from the comic book and pasted it onto film with no reservations and no intention of selling kids action figures.

Hopefully these two hits will indicate to the big studio heads that what audiences want is a little more graphic and foul mouthed than what has been made with the adaptation formula followed in past years.

Romero grew up watching VHS tapes with staple ‘80s action films recorded on them. He longs for the return to nasty violence and language in film from that era.

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