12 Movie Franchises That Went From PG-13 To R

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In the day and age of four-quadrant entertainment, it’s relatively common for studios to stick their major releases with ratings that appeal to the broadest audience imaginable. Sometimes, that can look like the kind of oh-so-2000s wave of bloodless PG-13 horror movie franchises. Other times, it means neutered sequels to R-rated genre classics

But every once in a while, audiences are treated to the opposite- a movie sequel unafraid to go harder than its predecessor. In the spirit of those fearless follow-ups that deigned to dabble in gore, explicit language, or the dreaded “mature theme,” no matter who the stars might be. Here are a few movie franchises that went from PG-13 to R ratings!

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