The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Too Graphic for Tweens?

twilight-eclipse-aug-2010 Yesterday, I gave you guys contact info for the casting directors for ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,’ coming to theaters in two parts in 2011 and 2012.

I’ll be really curious to see how they handle the more intense content of this movie, because it takes the franchise into a whole new realm. Not to get too spoilery, but it’s no secret that Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) end up getting married. Along with that comes the more adult themes you might expect, only elevated because of the human-vampire pairing.

The question came up in an MTV interview with screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who said, “You will see sex, yes! The relationship between Edward and Bella does go all the way in the book, so in the movie it will, as well. You are going to see more skin in ‘Breaking Dawn’ than you did in the other films.”


So does that mean a different rating? Could we be looking at a ‘Twilight’ film rated R? I can’t imagine that would ever happen, because the main core of fans are tween-aged girls in the 9- to 13-year-old range.

On the topic of an R-rating, Rosenberg herself said, “I don’t know if it has to be R-rated, but it has to be what the book is, which means more skin … I will definitely be writing more skin.”


I doubt very much that the filmmakers would ever create a ‘Twilight’ film that those younger fans wouldn’t be allowed to see — although, let’s face it, kids younger than 12 probably shouldn’t be seeing these movies. They’re rated PG-13 for a reason, and each film gets more intense. ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ is rated PG-13 “for intense sequences of action and violence and some sensuality.”

What’s your take? If ‘Breaking Dawn’ includes a sex scene, should kids younger than 12 or 13 be allowed to see it? Should parents adhere to the PG-13 rating? How will you handle it with your kids?

Image: Summit Entertainment


  1. MarthaAndMe Avatar

    I was just on a cruise and a large portion of the people on board were there for a Twilight fan cruise. I was pretty shocked at how old these folks were, so apparently they do have an older audience too

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