The Rite received a PG-13 rating for "disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images and language including sexual references." While this was softer than the R rating awarded to all of The Exorcist movies, it's similar to other recent supernatural horror movies like The Uninvited, The Unborn, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. The Rite opens Jan. 28 opposite The Mechanic.
In an interesting development, France's Best Foreign Language Film entry Of Gods and Men received a rating change despite no clear indication of an appeal. The movie was previously rated R for "a scene of graphic violence" but is now rated PG-13 for "a momentary scene of startling wartime violence, some disturbing images and brief language." Of Gods and Men has already grossed over $30 million overseas (including a $27 million haul in France) and is set for a limited domestic release on Feb. 25.
Finally, The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman earned a PG-13 rating for "sequences of stylized violence including some bloody images, brief crude humor and partial nudity." The foreign action comedy opens in limited release on March 18.