It's always a fine line we're straddling, wanting our 13-year-old to experience some of our favorites movies (like Step Brothers) but not wanting to expose her to the more "adult" content. But with its new Clean Version initiative, Sony is coming to the rescue!
In a move scorned by some, Sony announced its new Clean Version
initiative, which will make edited versions of favorite Sony films available for purchase and digital download on iTunes, VUDU, and FandangoNow. There are 24 movies available in cleaned-up versions so far, and more will be made available in the future.
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"Clean Versions have been adapted to remove some language and adult scenes such as sex, graphic violence, and gore," the program's FAQ page explains, adding that they're "adapted according to broadcast standards and practices for television and airline guidelines for in-flight entertainment."
That means that movies originally rated PG-13 or R would be cleaned up for a wider audience, as if they were to be broadcast on basic television.
Some of our favorite films available in a family-friendly format include 50 First Dates, Captain Phillips, Ghostbusters
movies, Grown Ups
movies, Step Brothers,
and the ever-hilarious Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
Click here for the full list
Actor Seth Rogen took to Twitter
to criticize Sony's move, tweeting, "Holy s*** please don't do this to our movies. Thanks."
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But third-party companies have been editing films down to family-friendly versions for years, reaping a profit by making unauthorized edits on copyrighted productions. Sony's decision to do the official editing and distribution themselves is actually a smart business move.
And besides -- with all due respect, though I understand his concern as an artist, Seth is not a parent yet
. It's tough to raise kids in this world. He may feel a little differently when he's trying to instill a good sense of humor in his kiddos, while still maintaining their innocence for as long as possible.
What do you think? Are you excited to show your children some of your favorite films in a cleaned-up format? Which movie would you like to see Sony clean up next? Tell us in the comments!