Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens is due out in theaters in 66 days(and even sooner in some parts of the world). While we await the film, two major questions about it still linger among fans; how long will it be, and what will it be rated? Our friends at Following The Nerd are reporting that they have learned from reliable sources the UK rating and runtime for The Force Awakens. Here's what they had to say:
"...The movie will be rated 12A (we know it says TBC but we reckon it’s a safe bet) and will run for 136mins."
This definitely appears to fit with the runtimes of the previous six films which are all a little over two hours. A New Hope has the shortest runtime of 121 minutes and Attack Of The Clones is the longest with 142 minutes.
In addition, Yakface noticed that the listing for The Force Awakens on the AMC Theatres mobile app shows it to have a US rating of PG-13:
I would be willing to believe the app a bit more if it didn't also claim that The Force Awakens will have a runtime of 3 hours and 45 minutes. That seems very much unrealistic. But on the contrary, the PG-13 rating sounds right and matches the UK rating. All of the previous Star Wars films have been rated PG, except one; Revenge Of The Sith, which was the last live action Star Wars film in theaters.
PG-13 films have been dominating the box office recently. Just this year PG-13 rated films have accounted for 52% of the overall box office gross, while PG films have only garnered 16%. The possibility of The Force Awakens getting a PG-13 seems more reflective of the times and how movies are rated nowadays rather than the actual content in the film. Put simply; don't expect Episode VII to be any more intense than the previous six films. Times have changed and the rating system reflects that.
Of course, all of this is speculation and rumors and should be taken as much until we get an official announcement!
Sources: Following The Nerd, Yakface
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