R-rated films often aim to push others’ buttons. Filmmakers taking advantage of their R-rating have the freedom to deliver as much language, nudity, violence, and drug use in their stories as they please. As a result, movies like Deadpool have been able to provide audiences with some extremely gratifying moments. But movies like Sorry to Bother You were not afraid of pushing boundaries and giving audiences big societal issues to think about inequality and racial injustice. That being said, these are the 5 R-rated films that went a bit too far –
The Hangover II
The sequel to The Hangover, The Hangover II was released in 2011. Soon after its release, the movie received criticism for its perceived over-reliance on shock value jokes. It also featured the character of Stu learning that he slept with a transgender woman. Many viewers objected to this depiction being labeled as “disgusting” because the movie could have used an actual punch line rather than exploiting transgender people.
Imagine waking up one morning — only to realize that you’re the one being hunted down like prey. Such is the case for a group of people who were captured in Craig Zobel’s thriller, The Hunt. While this remake of the classic tale did not differ much from its predecessors, it sparked some interest among moviegoers as another addition to the canon of films that use darkness and humor to get people talking.
Zack And Miri Make A Porno
In a day and age with so many raunchy romantic comedies out there, it’s easy to forget that every once in a while you’ll come across a sweet movie about lifelong best friends who end up falling for one another. Zack and Miri Make A Porno is one such example. But including the word “porno” within the title actually went too far. This was especially true in the movie’s marketing, which kicked off with a poster considered so suggestive that it ended up getting banned from being shown in movie theaters.
The 2007 released movie, Postal, by Uwe Boll, opens with a sequence portraying the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In this version of the event, the two hijackers piloting the plane decide to abandon their mission. But the passengers break into the cockpit and inadvertently cause the plane to crash into the tower. This film has been described as heinous, contemptible, and detestable.
James Franco and Seth Rogen’s The Interview is considered R-rated in its subject matter, and it definitely wasn’t calibrated for all audiences. It depicts the deaths of some rather important world leaders. However, not everyone appreciated the certain sequence in the movie where the North Korean leader was killed. The Interview was so controversial that it actually inspired a hack from North Korea. It leaked countless pieces of sensitive information regarding Sony’s internal operations including unreleased movie scripts and numerous email messages from all different executives.