Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds writer-director Quentin Tarantino's ninth motion picture Once Upon A Time In Hollywood starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt will be unleashed upon the masses later this month. And surprise, surprise, today we've learned that just like all of Tarantino's other films, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has scored an R-rating from the powers that be over at the MPAA.

"Language throughout, some strong graphic violence, drug use, and sexual references."

Language throughout. In a Quentin Tarantino movie? No kidding. That one should go without saying at this point. That said, all of the other ratings are genuinely surprising! You can't see my face right now so you can't tell that I'm fighting back that half-smile I do when I'm lying. Yeah, none of these reasons for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood's R-rating surprise this here movie fan. Not one little bit. What is slightly surprising though is the fact that this new Quentin Tarantino adventure has only "some" strong graphic violence. Now I don't think I need to tell any of you guys here today that most Tarantino movies could be described as having "endless" strong graphic violence. Maybe not Jackie Brown, but still. It seems Tarantino is getting soft in his old age, am I right? I guess we'll see later this month.

Along with Leonardo DiCaprio as aging TV star Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as his indestructible bodyguard Cliff Booth, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stars Margot Robbie as the infamously doomed actress Sharon Tate, along with Mindhunter season two star Damon Herriman as Charles Manson. Other notable cast members joining the Tarantino party as real-life people include Dakota Fanning as Squeaky Fromme, Damian Lewis as Steve McQueen, Emile Hirsch as Jay Sebring, and Mike Moh as Bruce Lee.

Stranger Things 3 breakout (and Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke spawn) Maya Hawke will round out the cast along with the likes of Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern. But that's not all! Once Upon a Time in Hollywood also features Margaret Qualley, Luke Perry, Lorenza Izzo, Scoot McNairy, Rebecca Gayheart, Zoë Bell, Clifton Collins Jr., and Lena Dunham. Oh, and let's not forget Kevin Smith's daughter Harley Quinn Smith, and Bruce Willis' daughter Rumer Willis. That's one hell of a cast, am I right? Holy cow.

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And if all this wasn't enough, the movie already holds a solid 92% fresh rating over on Rotten Tomatoes. It's Critics Consensus currently reads: "Thrillingly unrestrained yet solidly crafted, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tempers Tarantino's provocative impulses with the clarity of a mature filmmaker's vision."

Harry Potter and Gravity producer David Heyman produces this new film along with Shannon McIntosh and Quentin Tarantino. Robert Richardson is once again handling the cinematography for this new Tarantino movie along with editor Fred Raskin cutting all the footage together into a finished film. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood brings (some} old good fashion strong graphic violence to a theater near you beginning on July 26, 2019. Meanwhile, this update comes to us via the MPAA.

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