Twilight “Breaking Dawn” to target PG-13 rating
By Kim Palacios
Though an official rating can only be issued by the Classification and Ratings Administration (CARA) after an official screening, a Summit rep told Entertainment Weekly that the target rating for “Breaking Dawn” will be PG-13. The news comes in the wake of questions about how a number of the most graphic scenes in “Breaking Dawn” will be handled—scenes which Meyer writes about sex, violence, and other mature themes not depicted in the earlier three books.
Though the birth scene (that in which Bella and Edward’s daughter, Renesmee, is violently born) has received the most recent attention, “Breaking Dawn” is full of other opportunities to play up (or, play down) certain character traits and events. One key theme is Bella’s use of sex as a bargaining chip with Edward. As early as midway through “Eclipse”, she schemes to trade agreement to marry Edward for him allowing her to experience sex as a human; Edward agrees that they will “try”.
In “Breaking Dawn”, the pair does consummate their relationship several times while on their honeymoon. Though Meyer fast-forwarded through the sex scenes in the novel (a fact which was criticized as unresolved by some fans given her heavy use of sexual overtones), it will be difficult to maintain fidelity to the story if the screenplay pretends such overtones don’t exist.
Certainly, the franchise is signaling conservatism in order to protect revenues from one of its most important fan demographics—teens. This approach could aid ticket sales in the short-term, but fall-short of satisfying true Twi-hards that justice was done to the story.
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