Ratings System :::...
The Ratings System is set forth by the
*Motion Picture Association of America. The basic mission of the
rating system is a simple one: to offer to parents some advance
information about movies so that parents can decide what movies
they want their children to see or not to see.
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.
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
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 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 children.
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
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
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
additional information regarding the rating system and the
MPAA, please visit www.mpaa.org or www.filmratings.com .
*The MPAA Board views each film. Each member present estimates
what most parents would consider to be that film's appropriate
rating. After group discussion, the Board votes on the rating.
Each member completes a rating form spelling out his or her
reason for the rating. Each rating is decided by majority