Bears: The latest in torture tactics?

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A devoted reader named Shawn e-mailed me with alarming news:

I just caught a commercial for “Captivity,” the upcoming horror movie with Elisha Cuthbert (one would assume that she plays a young girl in peril). It’s rated R, of course, but I was disturbed to see that it’s rated R for “strong violence, torture, pervasive terror, GRIZZLY IMAGES, language, and some sexual material.” I don’t know about you, but I find images of grizzlies highly offensive. Especially if they’re not eating Elisha Cuthbert.

I can only hope that no one notices the grizzly reference for a while. Someone needs to tell Stephen Colbert about this.

Sure enough, if you visit the movie’s official site, you’ll see that the film is rated R for the reasons Shawn cited, including “grizzly images.” The word should be “grisly,” of course — unless there are indeed images of grizzlies, and those images somehow contributed to the film’s being inappropriate for viewers under 17 unless accompanied by parent or guardian. Maybe the bears are doin’ it?

We’ll find out on July 13, unless the release date gets pushed back, as it has been twice already. In the meantime, stay alert, and keep watching the forests.

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