BOTFA EE – First Time Ever that A Middle Earth Film gets “R” Rating


Without knowing the additional material, it’s difficult to have an opinion on whether I think an R rating is justified.

An extended version of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — which will play in theaters on October — will apparently be a darker vision, as the MPAA has given it an R rating.

The Classification and Rating Administration (CARA), a division of the MPAA, revealed that the Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition will be bumped up from the original film’s PG-13 to an R. All three of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings films and their extended editions, as well as the last two The Hobbit films and their longer versions all received PG-13 ratings.

The only description given for the rating change is “some violence,” while the original Five Armies received its rating for “extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.”

The MPAA did not immediately respond to a request for further comment on the rating change.

BOTFA may have been more violent, but DOS was scarier ( those spiders)

2 thoughts on “BOTFA EE – First Time Ever that A Middle Earth Film gets “R” Rating

  1. i wonder what that means here, i guess 15? Here it is either PG, 12, 15 or 18. I am trying to think if anything in Botfa so far was stuff a 12 year old could not see. I wouldn’t have said so, especially given the fantasy nature but who knows… 15 seems a bit much tbh.


    • Here it means under 17 must be accompanied by a parent. I can’t think what in the extended edition could bring it to a more restricted rating. It was already pretty violent, but I would think a 14- 17 year old would take it in stride.


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