jaz78 asked in Entertainment & MusicMovies · 1 decade ago

How does the American rating system work for movies? Like, what makes something rated pg-13 or R or Nc-17?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The movie rating system is a voluntary system sponsored by the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners to provide parents with advance information on films, enabling parents to make judgments on movies they want or do not want their children to see.

    G - General Audience. All ages admitted. This signifies that the film rated contains nothing most parents will consider offensive for even their youngest children to see or hear. Nudity, sex scenes, and scenes of drug use are absent; violence is minimal; snippets of dialogue may go beyond polite conversation but do not go beyond common everyday expressions.

    PG - Parental Guidance Suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children. This signifies that the film rated may contain some material parents might not like to expose to their young children - material that will clearly need to be examined or inquired about before children are allowed to attend the film. Explicit sex scenes and scenes of drug use are absent; nudity, if present, is seen only briefly, horror and violence do not exceed moderate levels.

    PG 13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. This signifies that the film rated may be inappropriate for pre-teens. Parents should be especially careful about letting their younger children attend. Rough or persistent violence is absent; sexually-oriented nudity is generally absent; some scenes of drug use may be seen; one use of the harsher sexually derived words may be heard.

    R- Restricted-Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian (age varies in some locations). This signifies that the rating board has concluded that the film rated contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their children to see it. An R may be assigned due to, among other things, a film's use of language, theme, violence, sex or its portrayal of drug use.

    NC -17 No One 17 and Under Admitted. This signifies that the rating board believes that most American parents would feel that the film is patently adult and that children age 17 and under should not be admitted to it. The film may contain explicit sex scenes, an accumulation of sexually-oriented language, or scenes of excessive violence. The NC-17 designation does not, however, signify that the rated film is obscene or pornographic.

  • 1 decade ago

    well, this is not an all-encompassing answer, but the simple one is, G-rated movies are for general audiences, so safe for all.. PG (parental guidance suggested) allows a little more, such as some light sexual innuendo and some coarser language. PG-13 is not advised for people under the age of 13, and may contain some violence, some non-sexual nudity, and even the "F" word in a non-sexual manner... R (restricted) is intended for people 17 and older and can depict severe violence, language, drug use, and sexuality/nudity... NC-17 is the same as X-rated and is not intended for anyone under the age of 17 at all... there are few boundaries if any there... hope this helps....

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    To the extent that it's subjective (the movie is viewed by a board) it's played by the producers to get the rating they want. A movie with a serious theme could be G-rated, but people will assume it's a children's film. So they'll go for PG-13 at least by throwing in some swear words, violence or sex or nobody will take it seriously. At the other end of the spectrum, violent sex or sex combined with death imagery will get you NC-17, and that will cut your audience down so some movies have been rated that and been resubmitted with certain scenes cut to get it down to R.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    they rate it according to how much objectionable stuff is included in it. the ratings are created by the MPAA association...

    G- is for general audiences. everyone can see it.

    PG- means parental guidance suggested... because theres questionable stuff maybe.

    PG-13 means parents are strongly recommended to accompany children under 13 years of age because the movie might not be so good for young kids.

    R- means restricted and only mature teenagers, of the age of 17 and older, may watch it alone... any kids younger than 17 MUST have an adult.

    NC-17 is the highest rating in the system and it means absolutely no one under 17 can be admitted into the theater due to strong graphic violence, sex, language, (or all three.)

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  • 4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    PG-13 may contain some swearing including one instance of the f-bomb.

    R will have lots of swearing including a veritable barrage of f-bombs. Blood & guts are OK. Boobs are OK.

    NC-17 shows the really interesting body parts and how they fit together.

  • 1 decade ago

    All movie rating information can be found here:

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