Nothing says a balls-out macho man action movie like a PG-13 rating. That's the rating Chuck Norris claims The Expendables 2 will have, and it's something he put in his contract.
Talking to a Polish magazine, Norris said:
With The Expendables 2, you have a lot of hard language in there that means that young people won’t be able to see it. I said, I don’t do movies like that. I didn’t do them in the past, I didn’t do them on my TV series. I said, you have to cut out all the language, hardcore language or I can’t do it. So they did, and Expendables is now a PG-13 film so kids can see it.
That transcription comes from Slashfilm.
That Chuck Norris. He's a very 'family values' kind of guy, but it isn't like he's a stranger to R-rated fare, such as the Missing In Action films.
Is it possible he's mistaken? Could the producers have agreed to take all the F-bombs out of the script, but not been able to actually guarantee a PG-13? And if the film doesn't include R-rating violence, what is its value in any way, shape or form? The first film was terrible, and that had R-rated (digital) violence.