On Friday, Disney+ launched the first R-rated films on the streaming platform: “Deadpool”, “Deadpool 2” and “Logan”.
All three Marvel movies were produced by 20th Century Fox, now part of Disney – and they’re filled with violence, adult themes, and grossness. “Logan” contains “extremely strong and bloody comic book violence,” as well as nudity, profanity, and alcohol consumption, Common Sense Media notes. Of “Deadpool”, the site says “the bloody, profane and sexy superhero story [is] great, but NOT for kids.
For parents or guardians who want to make sure their children can’t access these adult-targeted rates, Disney+ offers several parental control features. Here’s how to configure them:
This is the easiest way to keep child spectators in a walled garden that includes only content suitable for all viewers. To configure a child’s profile: open your account, then select “Add a profile”. Select a character icon for the profile and enter a profile name. Switch the “Children’s profile” setting to “On”, then select “Save”.
There is also an option for a ‘childproof exit’, which prevents a child profile user from navigating to other account user profiles without completing a simple exit challenge (showing them four spelled digits and asking them to enter the digits).
For regular profiles (which aren’t set up as kids’ profiles), Disney+ account owners can set content ratings so that TV shows and movies rated higher than each profile’s content rating are not displayed when a user of this profile browses or searches for Disney+.
To adjust a profile’s content ratings, go to your profile and select “Edit Profiles”. Select the profile you want to edit; under ‘Parental Controls’, select ‘Content Rating’. After entering your password, you can then select the highest level of content rating for this profile from nine options (TV-Y; TV-Y7; TV-Y7-FV; G, G-TV; PG- TV, PG; PG-13; TV-14; R; and TV-MA); then click “Save”.
The primary Disney+ account holder can set a four-digit password to prevent others from accessing their profile. To set it up, select your profile and choose “Profile PIN” from the Parental Controls menu. After entering your password, you can enter, change or delete your PIN, then select “Save”.
Meanwhile, on Friday, the Parents Television and Media Council released a statement accusing Disney+ of “breaking its promise” not to add R-rated movies to the streaming platform. In fact, the media conglomerate never made such a promise. The monitoring group was referring to an August 2019 Tweeter by entertainment writer Eric Vespe who quoted an unidentified company representative as saying Disney+ content at launch “will all be PG-13 or softer.”
“While Disney+ directs subscribers to its parental controls, the mere presence of R-rated and TV-MA content violates the trust and sensitivity of families,” PTC Chairman Tim Winter said in a statement. “What took decades to build now takes months to erase.” The organization had already leaned into Disney+ by adding several TV-MA rated Marvel series that were previously on Netflix, including “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” and “Iron Fist.”
Ryan Reynolds, star of the “Deadpool” films, had a much lighter and hilarious take on the development of Disney+.
“We’re supposed to announce that ‘Logan’ and ‘Deadpool’ will soon be the first R-rated movies on Disney+. But we all know that some Disney movies should already be rated R for irreversible trauma,” he tweeted on Thursday. Reynolds cheekily called, for example, “The Lion King” for “Fratricide”. Mauling. Most likely half-siblings loving, or at least kissing cousins. Seriously.”
We’re supposed to announce that Logan and Deadpool will soon be the first R-rated movies on Disney+. But we all know that some Disney movies should already be rated R for irreversible trauma. pic.twitter.com/FoIbiwKhiG
—Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) July 21, 2022