Movie Ratings

How has MPAA ratings changed since 1980?

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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.

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