About the Movie Rating
G: "General Audiences. All Ages Admitted."
This is a film that contains nothing in theme, language, nuditiy
and sex, violence, etc. which would, in the view of the Rating Board,
be offensive to parents whose younger children view the film. The
G rating is not a "certificate of approval," nor does it signify
a childrens' film.
Some snippets of language may go beyond polite conversation but
they are common everyday expressions. No stronger words are present
in G-rated films. The violence is at a minimum. Nudity and sex scenes
are not present nor is there any drug use content.
PG: "Parental Guidance Suggested.
Some Material May Not Be Suitable For Children."
This is a film which clearly needs to be examined or inquired into
by parents before they let their children attend. The label PG plainly
states that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their
children, but the parent must make the decision.
Parents are warned against sending their children, unseen or without
inquiry, to PG-rated movies. The theme of a PG-rated film may itself
call for parental guidance. There may be some profanity in these
films. There may be some violence or brief nudity. But these elements
are not deemed beyond the suggestion of parentage guidance. There
is no drug use content in a PG-rated film.
PG-13:"Parents Strongly Cautioned.
Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13."
PG-13 is thus a sterner warning to parents to determine for themselves
the attendance in particular of their younger children as they might
consider some material not suited for them. Parents, by the rating,
are alerted to be very careful about the attendance of their under-teenage
A PG-13 film is one which, in the view of the Rating Board, leaps
beyond the boundaries of the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity,
sensuality, language, or other contents, but does not quite fit
within the restricted R category. Any drug use content will initially
require at least a PG-13 rating. In effect, the PG-13 cautions parents
with more stringency than usual to give special attention to this
film before they allow their 12-year olds and younger to attend.
R:"Restricted, Under 17 Requires
Accompanying Parent Or Adult Guardian." Photo I.D. Required
In the opinion of the Rating Board, this film definitely contains
some adult material. Parents are strongly urged to find out more
about this film before they allow their children to accompany them.
An R-rated film may include hard language, or tough violence,
or nudity within sensual scenes, or drug abuse or other elements,
or a combination of some of the above, so that parents are counseled,
in advance, to take this advisory rating very seriously. Parents
must find out more about an R-rated movie before they allow their
teenagers to view it.
NC-17:"No One 17 And Under Admitted." Photo I.D. Required
This rating declares that the Rating Board believes that this is
a film that most parents will consider patently too adult for their
youngsters under 17. No children will be admitted. NC-17 does not
necessarily mean "obscene or pornographic" in the oft-accepted or
legal meaning of those words. The Board does not and cannot mark
films with those words. These are legal terms and for courts to
decide. The reasons for the application of an NC-17 rating can be
violence or sex or aberrational behavior or drug abuse or any other
elements which, when present, most parents would consider too strong
and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children.
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