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UPDATED: Nolan Defends Dunkirk’s PG-13 Rating – ManlyMovie

UPDATED: Nolan Defends Dunkirk’s PG-13 Rating

UPDATED: Here is Christopher Nolan’s explanation on why he’s taking Dunkirk down the PG-13 route.

“All of my big blockbuster films have been PG-13. It’s a rating I feel comfortable working with totally. ‘Dunkirk’ is not a war film. It’s a survival story and first and foremost a suspense film.

So while there is a high level of intensity to it, it does not necessarily concern itself with the bloody aspects of combat, which have been so well done in so many films.

We were really trying to take a different approach and achieve intensity in a different way. I would really like lots of different types of people to get something out of the experience.”

‘Lots of different types of people’ in this instance apparently means 10 year olds.  Because, as we know, 10 year olds at this point no longer age, so if we were to make an R rated movie concerning the bloodiest war in human history then they wouldn’t be able to see it, even if they waited three years.  So the rest (and most) of the target demographics must compromise.

For once, I’d love it if one of these directors would simply have the balls to come out and say it; ‘We hope to make even more money this way’.  By the way, I was underage when my friends and I went to see Saving Private Ryan.  Technically, we weren’t allowed in, but we got in and the movie got our money.

And one of the things that drove us in there was at the time, WW2 veterans were praising Steven Spielberg for his bloody, visceral interpretation of the war.

PREVIOUSLY: ‘What are we supposed to use, harsh language’?

No!  Actually don’t use that either, you’ll upset the censors.  In Dunkirk, anyway, now that the movie is rated PG-13. Of course, this movie isn’t quite set on the Eastern Front but it’s WW2 all the same, hardly a picnic.  This should not be.

Anyway, Nolan recently said that the movie will have a triptych structure, telling the story from three points of view—air, land, and sea:

“The film is told from three points of view. The air (planes), the land (on the beach) and the sea (the evacuation by the navy). For the soldiers embarked in the conflict, the events took place on different temporalities,” Nolan said (via Google translation). “On land, some stayed one week stuck on the beach. On the water, the events lasted a maximum day; And if you were flying to Dunkirk, the British spitfires would carry an hour of fuel. To mingle these different versions of history, one had to mix the temporal strata. Hence the complicated structure; Even if the story, once again, is very simple.”

So I don’t know, should our enthusiasm alter now?

  • Felton Raiman

    Lol…. I knew it all along. Nolan – PG13 film. His best film INSOMNIA was his only R-rated film. Am I right?

    • Republicant

      Insomnia was rated R

    • BradyDeez

      Memento was R-rated.

    • The Night Rider

      Insomnia was good.

      • Frenchie Pred the Imdb Legend

        Insomnia was the unique good movie Nolan made.

  • Mainline DnB

    No war film should ever be PG-13, even if just for the sake of accuracy.

    • Barney Ross

      Exactly!!! You’re the man! PG13 war movie is like Pg13 rambo, just NO

  • Cal

    There are pissants who think Hacksaw Ridge should have been PG-13 because apparently it’s contradictory to include proper violence & blood in a war movie about a conscientious objector…which is the biggest load of rubbish I have ever heard in my life. Of course, expect teenybopper pissants to pop in and say Dunkirk is much better than Hacksaw, and didn’t need violence or gore despite being, y’know, a fucking WAR MOVIE.

    Kids will watch Dunkirk and think “Oh war is cool, and doesn’t look horrible or dangerous at all!”

    Urgh. Fuck everything. I’ll be over here with my Hacksaw Ridge 4K Blu-ray.

    • Barney Ross

      Fuck this and i agree with you friend….fuck these pg13 clowns

    • The Night Rider

      Just ordered mine.

    • BradyDeez

      Show me one comment that says Hacksaw Ridge should be PG-13.

  • I had a feeling it would be.

  • Barney Ross

    BOYCOTT!! No war movie should ever be PG13…Fuck this stupid girly man trash, Nolan has ruined cinema with his stupid remakes of batman, now everyone wants to remake everything, and now he’s ruining War movies with a Pg13 what a fucking overrated faggot!!!!! By respect for MANLY MAN you should stop covering this movie Knight, thanks in advance…Like you i waited until i saw the MPAA rating but now its over.

    • BradyDeez

      I heard waiting for a rating to come out is a really girly thing to do:

  • Barney Ross

    Nolan is a girly man who is liked by pg13 loving sheeps

  • Republicant

    The longest day(1962) is an amazing world war 2 movie. Rated G now.
    The great escape(1963) rated PG now. Lol
    Quality over rating is all i ask.

    • Barney Ross

      RETARD

      • Der

        He’s a retard cause he pointed out that the great escape and the longest day are pg and both stone cold classics ,also a bridge to far and the bridge at remagen both war movies both brilliant both pg so he’s no retard he just made a very valid point.

        • Barney Ross

          GO FUCK YOURSELF RETARDED MONKEY

          • Der

            Ohh shit get a load of this tough little snowflake point out some great pg war movies and he breaks down and tells you to go fuck yourself but on the plus side I’m gonna google retard monkey kinda wanna see one now.

    • BradyDeez

      Lol Barney Ross is crying over a movie rating…what a girly man!

  • BradyDeez

    Doubt anyone here even saw the footage screened in IMAX. Smh. This movie looks phenomenal. The score was great. The scene was intense and the visuals were great.

    Nolan said this is a tale of survival. A different kind of war film.

    Anyone who judges a film by its rating is a girly man. There have been plenty of PG rated war films that are classics.

    • Barney Ross

      RETARD go fuck yourself with your pg13 shits go watch the remake of robocop and total recall, inbred fool

      • BradyDeez

        lol those remakes suck…just because a movie is PG-13 doesn’t mean it’s automatically going to be good.

        Nice try, sweetheart.

    • Charlie Sheen

      FAG.

      • BradyDeez

        lol I’m a fag because I don’t watch exclusively R-rated movies??

        You and Barney Ross should get a girly man room together😂

        • Der

          I think they’re like Burt and Ernie from seasame street sitting in bed together having a fit over pg 13 movies .

  • Barney Ross

    Knightrider please mate stop covering this girly shit. Usually you dont disapoint and i expect to not hear about that shitty pg13 again, thanks.

    • BradyDeez

      Haha how much does this trigger you?! Manly men don’t get triggered by movie ratings 😂

      I heard faggy, keyboard warriors named after geriatric has-beens get really upset over movie ratings. So upset that they actually cry about it.

  • Lukeisback

    Pg-13?!? LMAO fail

  • Barney Ross

    BEST WAR MOVIES/TV SHOWS are all R RATED fact : Platoon, Band of Brothers, The pacific, Full metal Jacket, Saving private Ryan, Black Hack Down, Rambo 1-4, Thin Red Line, Hacksaw Ridge

    Dont listen to these rats who support PG13 war movies they are a bunch of insect, the same kind of inbreds who liked Die hard 4, terminator 4, terminator 5, robocop 3, robocop remake, total recall remake its a fact they have no balls and look like this:
    http://i.imgur.com/kWA3iyx.jpg

    • Max Borg

      Oh, so you haven’t seen The Dirty Dozen, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Great Escape, A Bridge Too Far, The Longest Day, Patton…

  • Barney Ross
    • The Night Rider
    • Mucho Macho

      Funny….However I like Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer.
      Not a bad beer…then again, I love all beers😎🍺

      • Der

        Mmmmmmmm beer

    • Frenchie Pred the Imdb Legend

      In this movie case pg13 a is fucking girly libtard shit rating, wich means boycott.

      • Barney Ross

        Lets boycott mate, fuck these greedy bastards lets unite once and for all, for the future of R rated cinema

        • Max Borg

          R-rated cinema is doing just fine. And boycotting movies on principle because of a rating is stupid…

          • Barney Ross

            SHITHEAD go fuck yourself and gtfo of here you inbred girly man. You have no place on this manlymovie site cockroach.

          • Max Borg

            I’ve seen more R-rated and manly stuff in the past five years than you will in your entire lifetime, child…

      • Barney Ross

        PG13 is always a boycott for me, since forever. i will never pay to see a PG13 EVER

  • Deadpool2

    pg13?!? How lame. The movie is a joke lol

  • Jacob Phillips

    Oh for fuck’s sake. This has pretty much killed this one for me. Hmmm, I was thinking this might be the first of Christopher Nolan’s films I’d actually watch, but I’m forgetting that I did see Inception, though not really by choice.

  • BradyDeez

    PG rated war movies: Top Gun, Patton, Empire of the Sun, Lawrence of Arabia, A Bridge Too Far, Gettysburg, Kelly’s Heroes, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Bridge on the River Kwai…etc., etc.

    Look at all the girly men being triggered by a movie rating. Lol for “manly men” they do bitch quite a lot.

    • Barney Ross

      RETARD listen to yourself you’re here defending pg13’s on this MANLYMOVIE site, fucking mongoloid go back to facebook with all your girly inbred friends

      • BradyDeez

        Did you even see all those movies I just listed? God you’re dense.

        “Retard, shitface, inbred, dur BOYCOTT, wah!”

        Lol your girly tears are hilarious.

        “Please stop covering this Knight Rider! Pleaseeee.”

        😂😂😭

        • Max Borg

          Odds are he hasn’t seen any of them. A lot of people on this site are oblivious to movies made before the mid-70s…

    • Frenchie Pred the Imdb Legend

      These flicks were made in a time pg or pg13 was like R.

      • BradyDeez

        That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Either it’s R or it’s PG-13. Most of them would’ve fallen into the PG-13 camp.

        • Frenchie Pred the Imdb Legend

          RedDawn and The Wind and the Lion would be rated R if made today.
          People had more balls these days, I guess you weren’t even born yet.

          • BradyDeez

            People had more balls? Like more than 2? Did you see a lot of balls in the 80s?

          • Frenchie Pred the Imdb Legend

            You got Pwned KID AHHAHAHAAH!!!!!!!!

          • BradyDeez

            Pwned? What is that? Virgin slang?

            Haha and how exactly did I get “pwned”?

          • Frenchie Pred the Imdb Legend

            Pwned hardcore .

  • Frenchie Pred the Imdb Legend

    BOYCOTT!!!!!!!!!!! of course.PG13 in 2017 is not PG-13 in the 80ies or before, check RED DAWN and THE WIND AND THE LION for confirmation.

    • BradyDeez

      You’re right. You’re allowed to do even more in a PG-13 movie now than you were allowed back then.

      • Stig Johansen

        No you are not. Home Alone would have been rated R today because a character in the movie inhales tobacco. Think about that bit for a few minutes.

        • BradyDeez

          It would be PG-13 if anything. No way in hell it would R-rated.

          • Stig Johansen

            Yes it would be rated R IF it was released today, with no changes. A character inhaling tobacco = automatic R today. Look it up. Kevin runs into a guy dressed as Santa in the movie. He fires up a cigarette and inhales. That scene would mean an R for the pussified audience today.

          • Max Borg

            Wolverine has smoked in most X-Men movies, and three of them were made after the MPAA adopted a stricter smoking policy. They still received PG-13 ratings…

          • Stig Johansen

            They got away with it because the x-men are not considered “human” by the MPAA people. They get away with smoking in The Hobbit, as well. They also get away with blood in those movies too, as long as it is not human blood. In LOTR the orcs bleed all the time, but the human characters don’t get any gory or bloody deaths at all. Look it up. The information is available. The only criteria needed to be qualified to set the rating for movies is that you are a parent with at least one kid under the age of 17. Basically it is “your mom” holding her hands over your eyes to keep you from getting frightened by the movie.

          • Max Borg

            Fences, directed by and starring Denzel Washington, features human characters, and they smoke. The movie is rated PG-13.

          • Stig Johansen

            http://escholarship.org/uc/item/4zk2x9sg#page-2 They started cracking down on it in 2007.

  • Stig Johansen

    PG-13 also means nobody will be smoking tobacco in the movie. Just tossing it out there.

    • Max Borg

      “Period smoking” (as the MPAA puts it) is allowed, to a certain extent.

      • Barney Ross

        RETARD

        • Max Borg

          Did you learn that word in school today?

  • Darren Knight

    Lol all of Nolan’s films have been PG13 since Insomnia so I’m not surprised and also going to avoid it like the plague

  • Barney Ross

    HAHAHAHA Nolan is a fucking sellout, an Hollywood slave, fuck him and his pg13 shits…batman was fine as PG13, this is a WAR movie. I thought that guy was smarter, he’s an idiot and is ruining cinema just he can have more money…Nolan is just a fucking bufoon.

    I’m glad pg13’s are starting to flop more and more and R rated movies like Deadpool / Logan are running the show now, even Nolan can’t make a proper superhero movie, Logan was better than Batman Begins, Dark Knight and Dark Knight rises, way better. Nolan didn’t even top the first batman hahahaha fuck him

  • Barney Ross

    HAHAHAHA funny how many retarded girly man are here on this page, i think you should clean up the place Knightrider, get rid of these fucking pg13 loving cockroach…

  • Eric Hutchison

    A war movie should never be PG-13. War is bloody and horrible, and if you take those elements out then it’s no longer believable. The same is also true for any action movie, in my opinion.

  • Predatorfanboy

    Nolan is a overrated hack

  • booger

    Dunkirk looks like shit

  • Stig Johansen

    A war movie with no believable violence? Stick to comic-book movies, Nolan.