A rare R rating for Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker” sequel, which stars Lady Gaga, due to its complete nudity

Why is this so serious?

The MPA’s daily ratings bulletin states that “Joker: Folie à Deux” has a R classification due to “some strong violence, language throughout, some sexuality, and brief full nudity.”

The movie, which stars Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga, is a follow-up to the R-rated 2019 picture “Joker.”

In comic book movie history, a R rating is not very common. It was exclusively applied to “Deadpool” and “Deadpool 2” in the 33-film Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In the former DC Extended Universe, which “Joker” and its sequel are not part of, risqué content is rather more prevalent. For example, “Birds of Prey,” “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” and “The Suicide Squad” are all rated R.

Even though tickets purchased by anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult, “Joker” became the first R-rated movie to gross over $1 billion globally. Phoenix took home the Best Actor Oscar.

In the sequel to Todd Phillips’ Best Picture-nominated film “Joker,” Phoenix, 49, makes a reappearance as the eerie Arthur Fleck, while Lady Gaga, 38, plays Harley Quinn.

In addition, Zazie Beetz, Catherine Keener, Brendan Gleeson, Steve Coogan, and Harry Lawtey will feature in “Folie à Deux.”

A rare R rating for Joaquin Phoenix's "Joker" sequel, which stars Lady Gaga, due to its complete nudity
For his portrayal of Arthur Fleck in “Joker,” Phoenix was awarded the Oscar for Best Actor.
Warner Brothers.

Variety claims that the film will be a jukebox musical including at least fifteen cover songs. “That’s Entertainment” from 1953’s “The Band Wagon” is cited as one song.

“I believe there will be a surprise,” Beetz stated to the trade. “I don’t think the musical aspect will live up to their expectations.”

“We all kind of express ourselves musically and through dancing in our daily lives,” she continued. “It will work really well, I think.”

On October 4, “Joker: Folie à Deux” opens in theaters.

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