Parents' guide: How 'Logan' earned its R rating
Posted March 3
A BRUTAL MARVEL UNIVERSE — When "Deadpool" released with an R rating last year and earned more than $780 million worldwide, we knew other superhero movies would follow suit.
It didn't take long, because just a year later, Hugh Jackman's final appearance as Wolverine has earned an R rating.
I'm not here to tell you if "Logan" is worth checking out or not, but rather to let you know the filmmakers made sure to do what they needed to in order to secure that R rating.
No doubt there are a lot of kids out there who will be begging their parents to let them go see Wolverine take on the bad guys one last time, but you may want to read this content review before you make up your mind.
Here's what parents need to know about "Logan":
Let's start here because this was the most frustrating part of the movie. I know the filmmakers wanted to secure an R rating, but they easily could have done it without this awkward, out-of-place and overly forced moment.
I don't want to give anything away, but Logan is working as a limo driver in the future, and at one point early in the film, he picks up what looks like a group of sorority girls or a bachelorette party. As soon as I saw the girls in the limo, I found myself actually muttering under my breath to the screen, "Don't do it. Don't do it."
Well, they did it anyway. One of the girls flashes Logan, and it was a clear move in trying to secure an already secure R rating. The scene was uncomfortably forced and overall ridiculous.
Other than that moment, there isn't really any other "sexiness" except for moments when Logan is shirtless. However, it's not done in a sensual manner, but more of a violence and gore manner. We'll talk about that later.
I figured there would be some language in "Logan," but I was actually surprised by the amount. By the end of the movie, there ended up being about 40 F-words in all. Most are uttered by Logan himself and the cursing comes in spurts.
While there is language throughout the film, it isn't constant from start to finish. Rather, the language comes in a barrage during one scene here and there where things get intense. Not to say language isn't sprinkled throughout in other moments, but the bulk of it comes in those spurts of action.
Violence and gore
This is where "Logan" really goes for the R rating and earns it again and again. From the very first scene of the movie, we're introduced to the real brutality of Wolverine's power through bloody and graphic fight scenes.
Every action scene in the movie (and there are a lot of them) includes graphic portrayals of Wolverine's claws plunging into chests, taking off limbs and piercing through skulls. I figured there would be a fair amount of violence in the film, but I was often taken aback by the brutality and graphic nature of the violence, and I wasn't the only one. The whole theater couldn't keep from gasping and covering their mouths at times.
Wolverine isn't the only one who dishes out the violence, and it's present for the entire film. It rarely lets up.
Along with the graphic nature of the violence is the disturbing element to it, as well. The violence also includes attacks on defenseless men and women and children. Some of the brutal violence is dished out by children, as well.
While "Logan" gets marks in all of these content areas, it's the violence that really pushes the film over the top.
Whether you're trying to decide to let your kid go or if you're wondering if you should go, know that "Logan" contains nudity, language and brutal, graphic violence. "Logan" officially received an R rating for strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity.
John has grown up around movies and annoys friends and family with his movie facts and knowledge. John also has a passion for sports and pretty much anything awesome and it just so happens that these are the three things he writes about.