Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder” gets an R rating

Formerly the “Untitled Terrence Malick Project” starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen and Amanda Peet, the film got both its title, To The Wonder, and its MPAA rating, “R” today. Strange title, it feels like directions to Malick’s awesome yet often obtuse filmmaking style (“This way to the wonder folks! Wonder? Wonder!”) It’s certainly not at Cannes, and who knows if it will come out in 2012, 2013 or whenever. Just passing this along, because, well … Terrence Malick.

Oh, in cause you were curious, the R was doled out for nudity.

“To The Wonder is a romantic drama centered on a man who reconnects with a woman from his hometown after his marriage to a European woman falls apart.”

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I hope Terry has a bunch of quiet long shots of nature or the sky because that would be really cool.

Roy P.

Yessss. If it’s rated already, it must be complete by now…especially since Malick’s starting to shoot his next movie in a couple weeks. My best bet is it will screen privately at Cannes for distributors and then premiere at Venice.


From probably one of the biggest Malick fans around these parts let me say To the Wonder is a colossal failure. It boggles my mind. The only thing I can console myself is the notion that maybe this was a challenge made to himself, to rush a film in record time and feel his way through it in the editing process as a counter to his laborious practice. The experiment failed.

David Brook

I didn’t realise it was screening anywhere yet. Sounds like your disappointment, Rot, was shared by many at Venice and TIFF after having a look online.



oh and there is no possible way To The Wonder is rated R. There are barely any spoken words in the thing, let alone profanity, and there is the slightest of glimpses of breasts.