This is a question that applies not only to Breaking Dawn, but all movies. There are certain criteria that the movie industry sets to measure whether a movie is rated PG, R, or something other. So, if a director wants a movie to be rated PG, then there are things that he or she can do. He or she can cut down the graphic violence, adult situations and nudity. This might seem like a lot to pare down, but directors have many tricks up their sleeves. They can leave a lot to the imagination, which would bring it down to PG. Also leaving things to the imagination can be very powerful.
There are some challenging elements to making this particular work of the series more in line with the rating system. The intermediate rating of a PG-13 might allow the producers to develop some level of flexibility in creating situations where the suggestion of content might allow the film to fly under the radar of the rating system. Certainly, the producers will keep in mind that the primary audience of the work will be kids under 18, so they will take the needed measures to ensure that the work featured on film will remain somewhat loyal to the work and present it in a manner whereby there will be adherence to the rating system.
That is the question, isn't it? The problem is doing a film based on a book is two fold: What works on the page may not translate to the screen and if you change anything you risk offending your main base. For "Breaking Dawn", you're right. A straight translation would be R if not NC-17.
It may be tricky, but I think can be managed. For some of the bloodier scenes, they may try to rely on our other senses. Remember, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" was not r rated when it came out in the 70's. For a film to be scary (or just effective) they don't have to show everything. They can cut away, use only sounds or shadows, (if they want to include all the scenes from the book) or they may try to rewrite the scenes in question.
I think sex sences are better scenes!! yeah Buddy
Its going to be rated "R", who ever said it wasn't going to be is wrong.
There working on the movie right now and it WILL be rated "R"
My sister and I are HUGE fans of the Twilight series, i have taken her to Twilight and NewMoon already and i will take her to Eclipse and Breaking Dawn too she is currently 13 and she has beenlooking out to see if it is rated "R" or not and it is.
so now shes begging our mom to let her go. hha ill take her even if mom says no though ;)