'The King's Speech' to get a PG-13 re-release
The MPAA announced today that The Kingâ€™s Speech will be re-released by the Weinstein Company with a PG-13 rating. The film had famously received an R rating for a scene in which Geoffrey Rushâ€™s character encourages Colin Firthâ€™s King George VI to curse like a commoner in order to help him get over his stutter. â€œGiven The Weinstein Companyâ€™s commitment to advertise and promote the new version of The Kingâ€™s Speech as a differently rated movie and to remove all prints of the earlier version,â€ says National Association of Theater Owners president and CEO John Fithian, â€œand given the high-profile of the movie, we believe there is little liklihood of confusion among our patrons [between the R rated and PG-13 rated versions].â€ Nothing in the release hints at what words were removed to get the new PG-13 rating â€” the Weinstein Company has yet to release that information â€” but we have some guesses about that, too. Itâ€™s probably the roughly 14 times King George says the word sâ€”, or maybe the dozen or so times he uses the word fâ€”, or else maybe the one time he uses the word tâ€“s. Weâ€™ll have to wait for the re-release to know for sure.