For those living under a rock (and probably in a better position than the rest of us), Disney+ is releasing Hamilton with the original Broadway cast on July 3. Some controversy erupted this week when they announced that Hamilton will have a PG-13 rating, since R-rated movies are not allowed on the service (you heathens have to go to Hulu for that). This caused much frothing of the mouth in the Twitterverse since Hamilton violates the PG-13 F-bomb Rule™.
If you’ve never read any of my movie reviews, know that I believe the F-bomb Rule™ is the greatest decree the MPAA has ever made. It states that a PG-13 movie can have no more than one F-bomb. I like to imagine Sean Connery in The Hunt for Red October saying, “Mr Visilli, just one fuck only, please.”
This rule is great because it prevents lazy jokes. Too often, humor relies on shock factor instead of, you know, jokes, With only one round in the chamber, directors have to make it count. It helps watching movies with this knowledge in hand since you can judge their efforts for yourself. I tend to look like this when that bomb hits.
Back to Hamilton.
Folks were worried about censorship and “director vision” and all that. Lin- Manuel Miranda put it all to rest with this explanation.
So, there ya have it. Caving to the Mouse? Or much ado about nothing?