American Comedy Films – Page 2

2000s to 2020s American comedy movies that have been cut in Australia.


Cheaper by the Dozen 2

Directed by Adam Shankman / 2005 / USA / IMDb

On 14 December 2005, a 35mm print of CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2 received a PG (Infrequent mild coarse language).

A censored G-rated version passed on 19 December. It opened theatrically three days later.

Both submissions, from Twentieth Century Fox Film Distributors, ran 94-minutes.

Censored DVD

In February 2006, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment again received a G-rating, this time for the DVD release.

Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) - DVD cover 1
DVD – 20th Century Fox

A 2011 resissue saw it paired with CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN (2003) on a double-bill DVD.

What was cut?

Australia Movie & TV Censorship reports
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (au) – DVD – 90:01 (PAL) – Censored
A line of dialogue from Nora (Piper Perabo) was cut to remove the word ‘pissed’.

Before – ‘I’m going, Dad’
Censored at 72:33 (PAL) or 75:40 (NTSC) by 00:04 – ‘You just pissed off a severely hormonal pregnant woman’.
After – ‘Let’s do this!’

Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) - Nora (Piper Perabo) saying, 'You just pissed off a severely hormonal pregnant woman'
Uncut – Audio

The G vs. PG comparison is on my YouTube channel.


The Pink Panther

Directed by Shawn Levy / 2006 / USA / IMDb

In January 2006, a 93-minute 35mm print of THE PINK PANTHER passed with a PG (Mild comedic violence, Mild sexual references, Infrequent mild coarse language) rating.

The applicant was Twentieth Century Fox Film Distributors.

Rating increase

In April, a DVD was awarded an M (Infrequent moderate coarse language).

April18, 2006
Reasons for the Decision:
The feature was previously classified PG with the consumer advice Mild comedic violence, Mild sexual references, Infrequent mild coarse language on 10/01/06. This DVD release includes deleted scenes. At 12.40 minutes on the VHS tape supplied, in the deleted scene titled EXTENDED SOCCER OPEN, the soccer coach is clearly heard to say, “Play your fucking game.” In the Board’s view this DVD release warrants an M classification with the consumer advice Infrequent moderate coarse language.

– Classification Board report

The following month, a second DVD submission dropped to PG (Mild comedic violence, Mild sexual references, Infrequent mild coarse language).

The Pink Panther (2006) - DVD cover 1
DVD – Sony

The language in the PG version was described as ‘mild’ while in the M-rated it was ‘moderate’.

In both cases, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment was the applicant.

Censored extra

Extended Soccer Open – 05:31
PG-rated censors audio and subtitles of Yves Gluant’s (Jason Statham) dialogue.
Uncut version – ‘Yes, play your game. Your fucking game, not his’.

The Pink Panther (2006) - Yves Gluant (Jason Statham) saying 'Your fucking game, not his'
Censored Audio

Australian version – The audio removes ‘fucking’. The subtitles read, ‘Your f*****g game, not his’.

This motivational speech is only in the extended extra.


The Hangover

Directed by Todd Phillips / 2009 / USA / IMDb

In May 2009, a 99-minute print of THE HANGOVER passed with an MA15+ (Strong sexual references, Coarse language and Nudity) rating.

The following month, Roadshow Films confirmed they modified it to avoid an R18+.

What was censored?

During the end credits, four photos show an old woman performing oral sex on Alan (Zach Galifianakis).

The Hangover (2009) - Censored end credits
Censored end credits

The Australian theatrical version pixelates his prosthetic penis.

Uncut DVD & Blu-ray

A longer version, featuring nearly ten minutes of additional footage, was released for home viewing.

On 16 October, a 128-minute DVD of the ‘extended cut’ passed with an R18+ (High impact sexual images) rating. It includes the uncensored end credit images.

The Hangover (2009) - DVD cover 2
DVD – Warner

The cover refers to it as the EXTENDED UNCUT and promises ‘photos not seen at the cinema’.

It was followed on 23 and 27 October by DVDs of the 123-minute ‘theatrical cut’ and 128-minute ‘extended cut’. A final 127-minute DVD, listed at THE HANGOVER PIXELLATED, was rated on 2 November.

The Hangover (2009) - DVD cover 1
DVD – Warner

All were the MA15+ (Strong sexual references, Coarse language and Nudity) censored version.

The applicant, Warner Bros. Entertainment Australia, released both MA15+ and R18+ versions on DVD and Blu-ray.


Ideal Home

Directed by Andrew Fleming / 2018 / USA / IMDb

On 16 April 2018, a 91-minute Digital Cinema Package (DCP) of IDEAL HOME passed with an M (Coarse language, sex and drug references) rating.

The classification matrix described,
Moderate impact: language, drug use, sex
Mild impact: themes
Very mild impact: violence
None: nudity

Icon Film Distribution was the applicant.

Ideal Home (2018) - DVD cover 1
DVD – Icon

Icon Home Entertainment released a Blu-ray and DVD in September 2018.

Pre-cut to avoid an MA15+

A scene featuring the word ‘cunt’ was modified.

Tom S. reports
The M-rated theatrical release; Blu-ray and DVD of IDEAL HOME were censored.

Paul (Paul Rudd) is saying his final goodbye to Erasmus (Steve Coogan).
Before – Paul, ‘I think this might be the best thing for both of us’.
Censored at 76:00 by 00:18.
Erasmus, ‘Well, we had a good run’.
Paul, ‘Oh, and remember to keep an eyes out for the tile guy tomorrow, I think he’s over-billing us’.
Erasmus, ‘I don’t give a fuck what you think about the fucking tile guy, you fucking cunt!’.

Ideal Home (2018) - Erasmus (Steve Coogan) saying '…about the fucking tile guy, you fucking cunt!'
Uncut – Audio

Paul, Oh, and you were doing so well’.
After – Shot of Erasmus’s face as Paul turns and walks away to the car.

On 9 March 2019, Foxtel’s Premiere Movies screened the uncut version of IDEAL HOME.


Crazy Rich Asians

Directed by Jon M. Chu /2018 / USA / IMDb

On 3 July 2018, a 120-minute Digital Cinema Package (DCP) of CRAZY RICH ASIANS passed with an M (Coarse language) rating.

The classification matrix described,
Moderate impact: language
Mild impact: themes, sex
Very mild impact: violence, drug use
None: nudity

A second submission of a 120-minute DCP was rated PG (Mild themes and Coarse language) on 11 July.
The classification matrix now described,
Mild impact: themes, language, sex
Very mild impact: violence, drug use
None: nudity

In both cases, Roadshow Films was the applicant.

Crazy Rich Asians (2018) - Australian movie poster 1
Poster – Roadshow – PG-rated

This modified version was released theatrically in Australia.

What was censored?

The word ‘fucking’ was removed to drop the language from ‘moderate impact’ to ‘mild impact’.

At 36:28, in the uncut version, Peik Lin Goh (Awkwafina) says, ‘Yeah, I’ll fucking come to dinner’.

Crazy Rich Asians (2018) - Peik Lin Goh (Awkwafina) saying, ‘Yeah, I’ll fucking come to dinner’
Uncut – Audio

Tom S. reports
In the PG version, Roadshow did not overdub the f-word, but instead simply took it out of the sentence. Seeing the cut version in theatres, it certainly was not noticeable.

Uncut for home viewing

In October 2018, Roadshow Entertainment received an M (Coarse language) for a 261-minute DVD and Blu-ray.

The classification matrix was the same as the first M-rating.

Crazy Rich Asians (2018) - Blu-ray cover 1
Blu-ray – Roadshow

They were released the following month.

Netflix Australia has only ever streamed the full version.


Instant Family

Directed by Sean Anders / 2018 / USA / IMDb

In September 2018, a 117-minute DCP received an M (Coarse language).

The classification matrix described,
Moderate impact: language
Mild impact: themes, violence, drug use
Very mild impact: sex
None: nudity

Next, a 118-minute DCP was rated PG (Mild themes, Coarse language, Drug references and Violence) in October.

The classification matrix now described,
Mild impact: themes, violence, language, drug use
Very mild impact: sex
None: nudity

In both cases, Paramount Pictures Australia was the applicant.

The modified PG version opened theatrically in January 2019.

Censored DVD & Blu-ray

On 21 February 2019, a 181-minute Blu-ray received an M (Coarse language). The classification matrix was the same as the initial M-rating.

This was followed on 28 February by a 135-minute DVD and on 26 March by a 299-minute Blu-ray. Both received PG (Mild themes, coarse language, drug references and violence) ratings.

The classification matrix matched the theatrical PG.

Instant Family (2018) - DVD cover 1
DVD – Universal Sony

The applicant, Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, released the cut version on DVD and Blu-ray in May.

What was censored?

A single mention of ‘fuck’ was missing from the Australian PG version of INSTANT FAMILY.

Tom S reports.
At 32:00, Ellie (Rose Byrne) argues with her family about adopting children. She declares, ‘We’re gonna adopt a whole shitwhack of kids, and I am thankful that whoever has a problem with it can fuck right off!’ It is a powerful delivery from Rose Byrne and makes the scene impactful and touching.

The Australian PG version uses an alternate take where the line is the same, but ‘fuck right off’ changes to ‘bite my ass’. This results in the take having a little less impact, as the delivery lacks the passion of the uncut version.

Instant Family (2018) - Ellie (Rose Byrne) saying '…and I am thankful that whoever has a problem with it can fuck right off!'.
Uncut – Audio

Australia Movie & TV Censorship has a YouTube comparison of the cuts. It shows the scene was shot twice and from different angles. One with ‘bite my ass’ and the other with ‘fuck right off’.

Streaming versions

In December 2020, Netflix Australia had the uncut version with an M (Coarse language) rating.

Tom S. reports.
In Australia, the DVD, Blu-ray and Amazon Prime stream [2019] contain the ‘bite my ass’ line.

The version currently [2019] screening on Foxtel (initially listed as PG, but later changed to M) keeps the ‘fuck right off’ line. Interestingly, it appears they used the PG version as their basis, so although the uncut line is spoken, Byrne’s mouth goes slightly out of sync. We see her mouth ‘bite my ass’, but hear her say ‘fuck right off’. Apart from the odd dubbing, Australians can now turn to Foxtel to see the uncut version.

Censored, but still too extreme for PG

September 9, 2019
The Classification Board received 124 complaints about the classifications of films…INSTANT FAMILY…received 11 complaints.
The people who complained about the film INSTANT FAMILY… believed that the film’s coarse language and thematic content relating to a dysfunctional family could not be accommodated within the PG classification.

– Classification Board
– Annual Report 2018 to 2019

Next Goal Wins

Directed by Taika Waititi / 2023 / UK – USA / IMDb

On 27 October 2023, a 104-minute DCP of NEXT GOAL WINS passed with an M (Occasional coarse language) rating.

The classification matrix described,
Moderate impact: language
Mild impact: themes
Very mild impact: violence
None: drug use, nudity. sex

A second submission of a 104-minute DCP was rated PG (Mild themes and Coarse language) on 23 November.

The classification matrix now described,
Mild impact: themes, language
Very mild impact: violence
None: drug use, nudity. sex

Next Goal Wins (2023) - Australian movie poster 1
Poster – Walt Disney – PG-rated

In both cases, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures was the applicant.

What was censored?

The PG version’s ‘More information about the content of this film’ mentions ‘…use of the words, “shit”, “bitch”, “arse”, “crap” and “hell”‘.

Two uses of ‘fuck’ go unmentioned.
47:45 – ‘Fucking Sharpie. Get me another board.’
73:56 – ‘Oh, shit! Fuck!’