PG 13 Movie Rating

PG-13 Movies are a distinction that didn’t exist before 1984. Prior to that movies went straight from PG to R. PG-13 was created to give an alternative to rating any movie that was not “kid friendly” an R rating (and thus significantly limiting its earning potential). The theme of a movie itself (a film about death, or drug use, or the mob, or a bunny ranch) won’t cause a film to be rated above PG-13, as horror flicks such as The Ring. However, if there is any drug use in a movie it automatically warrants a PG-13 rating. A PG-13 movie can have brief nudity, if it is in a non-sexual context; Titanic is a perfect example of this. Violence without gore can also cause a movie to be rated PG-13, such as the Transformers movies. On the whole, PG-13 movies are considered to be appropriate for older children, but not younger ones. Even in the cases of older children, a parent should consider their own stance towards the themes of the movie before allowing their child to attend.


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