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Mike Birbiglia Slams PG-13 ‘Suicide Squad’ Rating, Citing Film’s Extreme Violence

The "Don't Think Twice" director is having a hard time figuring out why the extremely violent "Suicide Squad" got away with a PG-13 rating.

"Suicide Squad"

“Suicide Squad”

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Mike Birbiglia has one of the biggest indie hits of the summer with “Don’t Think Twice,” but he’s not too happy at the moment. In a statement released to his Twitter page yesterday afternoon, the comedian blasted the MPAA for assigning a PG-13 rating to the upcoming blockbuster “Suicide Squad” despite its extreme violence. “Don’t Think Twice,” a small comedy-drama about a tight-knit group of improv comedians, is rated R, even though it only features a couple of scenes where the characters smoke pot.

Birbiglia certainly has a point here, and he’s one of many directors in recent years to call out the MPAA for their decision making. Richard Linklater and IFC had a similar reaction when “Boyhood” got rated R, even though it only featured a few curse words. Studio tentpoles like “Suicide Squad” depend on the PG-13 rating to cater to all possible viewing demographics, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that the film, along with countless Marvel movies and action films like “Jason Bourne,” contain large scale violence and major set pieces featuring explosions and guns. Is that really PG-13 friendly?

Fellow comedian and director Judd Apatow replied to Birbiglia’s statement with his own knowledge of what’s wrong with this scenario:

“Don’t Think Twice” is one of the summer’s best reviewed indie films, but it’s R rating no doubt limits the amount of audience members who can actually go see it. The film is now playing in select theaters. “Suicide Squad” opens nationwide this Friday, August 4.

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