In a world where R-rated movies are a hot topic of discussion, the often vulgar and very R-rated director Kevin Smith has actually been fighting to get a PG-13 rating for his latest horror movie. It was a short fight, though. And no one got hurt. Set to appeal the R rating given to Yoga Hosers, Kevin Smith was awarded a PG-13 without having to appear in front of the MPAA to make his case. The filmmaker behind such gloriously R-Rated movies as Clerks and Mallrats had this to say on Instagram about winning the rating he wanted.
"Holy shit! The #MPAA just canceled my @yogahosers appeals screening that was set for tomorrow. They said they re-watched the movie and now agree that it is, indeed, a PG-13! I don't have to cut anything out to secure the PG-13 rating either! Next up, we'll tour the kids movie in June and July (tour details coming soon) and release #YogaHosers in theaters right after Comic-Con! Many thanks to the #MPAA for the 180 degree turn! #KevinSmith #YogaHosers #harleyquinnsmith #lilyrosedepp"
Perhaps the MPAA already knew what it was in for and decided to forgo having to listen to Kevin Smith make his case for four hours. This certainly isn't the first time the director has had to tangle with the MPAA. Both Clerks and Zack and Miri Make a Porno were given the dreaded NC-17 rating, causing the director to appeal both cases. He won an R rating for both of those comedies. In the case of Yoga Hosers, Kevin Smith always believed it was a PG-13 movie, and it's aimed at teen girls. But it was one drawing that landed the horror action comedy the R. This is what Kevin Smith had to say about the situation last week.
"The MPAA gave my kids movie Yoga Hosers an R rating for a cartoony drawing of testicles on a book cover. The core audience for the flick is tween girls (it's Clueless meets Gremlins!), so I refrained from salty language to make a totally kid-friendly movie. And while it's a "horror" movie, there's no blood on display: when our Bratzi bad guys get killed, concentrated sauerkraut explodes everywhere - not guts or entrails. Honestly, this movie is TAME (or "lame" according to some reviews)."
Yoga Hosers, which is written and directed by Kevin Smith as the second movie in his True North trilogy that began with Tusk and ends with Moose Jaws, centers on 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith) who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada's crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with a legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe to fight for their lives. Johnny Depp reprises his role as LaPointe, first introduced in Tusk and set to be eaten by a moose in Moose Jaws. The PG-13 rating surely means it will be a bigger hit at the box office.