Amanda Beth wrote:The agreement with SM was that they CANNOT be rated "R" so if Summit wants to make it they HAVE to make it rated PG-13.
I think for the birthing scene they can show faces... like how they panned between Edward and Bella's face after James bit her. Just a lot of screaming and some fake blood but not show her stomach or anything.
PG-13 does allow for a bit of mature content, with Drag Me to Hell and Titanic being two excellent examples of smartly making the most out of a rating that does assume some measure of maturity from the audience.
They could show Bella's exposed stomach, in addition to the blood. What they couldn't show is any explicit crotch shots (Knocked Up, anyone?) or excessive nudity to the audience. However, they would most likely be able to partially reveal parts of Bella's exposed upper body. I'm sure that a PG-13 audience could handle some bare skin (stomach, upper breast, etc), since partial nudity is implied on Isle Esme (which should be the highlight of romantic interaction in the movie).
If they *do* make BD, I hope that they don't assume that the audience needs a watered down version of what occurs in the book. PG-13 is the only rating that they could possibly have, but that doesn't mean that they have to shy away from some mature content. I don't want everything
to be implied.
Here's an example of how they could handle the Isle Esme sex scene:
Look at Titanic, which was a PG-13 film. During the sex scene between Jack and Rose, we are able to see the upper half of their bare bodies (nothing explicit in shown), and nudity is implied. They could very easily make this sex scene intimate and artistic without doing a romantic cop-out (I would be infuriated if they did a complete fade and transition into the next scene without showing the consummation of Bella and Edward's marriage). Summit should be bold enough to not talk down to a PG-13 audience by looking at films like The Illusionist and Titanic for inspiration. Do some shadowing around their bare bodies. Take Titanic's route by looking at how smartly they hid anything explicit in the "car sex scene" between Rose and Jack by focusing on their upper bodies. Focus on their bare backs.
Just be artistic (hand against the foggy car window, anyone?), Summit. Don't take any cop-out, because PG-13 allows you to experiment with mature concepts without
watering them down to the most basic, elementary level. I'd rather not have the screen completely fade to black a few seconds before something happens, because that doesn't show the passion and significance of Edward giving himself to Bella on such a dangerous, intimate level.Nothing
in Breaking Dawn is inappropriate for a mature PG-13 audience, assuming that they are smart.
Anyone else agree?