kings speech 'The King's Speech' set for PG 13 rated April releaseWhat’s the next step for the Academy Award winning Best Film of 2011? A PG-13 rated re-release, of course.

As Zap2it previously reported, rumors had been circulating that Harvey Weinstein was considering a re-cut of “The King’s Speech” to change the rating from R to PG-13. A move that actor Geoffrey Rush considers “a shame.”

In an effort to fix what clearly isn’t broken, said re-release is set to hit 1,000 screens on April 1st. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Weinstein Co. believes that a PG-13 version will drum up box office revenues, despite the money that will undoubtedly be spent on a nationwide marketing campaign to explain the rating change.

In the new teen-friendly version, numerous curse words are cut from a scene that Rush described as “therapeutic play.” [Side note:] Are there any teens out there dying to go see this movie? If so, how many of their parents forbade the R-rated version?

“It’s almost like a tongue-twister,” Rush adds. “It’s gobbledygook. But it’s not aggressive, it’s not offensive.  It’s not harmful.”

Would you prefer “The King’s Speech” sans F-bombs? Or does their removal compromise the integrity of the film? 

Posted by:Sophie Schillaci