When The Deadpool Movie was announced, my smile went from ear to ear. But when Ryan Reynolds went on Entertainment Tonight and killed Mario Lopez to announce that the movie was rated R, I turned into every little kid that realized that Santa Clause was giving them the gift they always wanted. While Deadpool doesn't go around cursing during every sentence, the R rating gives Deadpool a bit more freedom to slaughter his way through the movie and be a bit more creative with his one liners and his violence. The haphazard way Deadpool goes about his life and job is what makes Deadpool such a great adult character. Let me repeat that last part. A great adult character.
There has been a petition going around to make the Deadpool movie (or a separate version of the movie) pg-13 so that parents can take their children to go see it. Now, this could very well be due to the fact that the parents can't go see the movie without getting a baby sitter, which I hear is a hassle. But it seems like the reason that people want this movie to be pg-13 is so that they can introduce their kids to Deadpool. How about NO!
Deadpool is NOT a hero for kids. He may joke, but he is far from Spider-Man. He has saved the universe, but he is not Iron Man. I'm all for Deadpool becoming a household name and getting the recognition that he deserves, but Wade Wilson was designed with adults in mind. Even his appearance in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon had a few jokes specifically for only adults to get. Beyond his particular brand of humor that is vulgar sometimes...well, a lot of the times, there the fact that his weapons aren't exactly child freinds. His guns aren't lasers and when Deadpool uses his swords, he isn't using them to destroy robots or to open doors (like Wolverine in the 90's cartoon). Deadpool is trying to eviscerate people or shove his katana blades up someone's poop hole.
The movie should absolutely stay rated R. Ryan Reynolds and the rest of the cast fought hard to get an R rating for a reason. To do the movie right and stay as true to the character as possible. I'd like to say I am sympathetic to the young kids that can't see Deadpool, but I'm not. Not even a little. I have a little brother and sister that I didn't introduce to Deadpool until they were old enough for his antics to be appropriate for them to see. I'd also like to say that the people signing this petition are doing this with good intentions, but in all honesty, they're being selfish. Taking away something that fans of the comic have been waiting for for years so their kids, who don't know the character as well as the adults, can see it is selfish. So let the movie stay rated R and when your kids are old enough, pull out the movie, pop some popcorn, sit down, and watching Deadpool say fuck, shit, and watch him possibly shoot someone's dick off.