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Motion Picture Association of America

MPAA ratings

G / General Audiences / All Ages Admitted

A G-rated movies contains nothing in theme, language, nudity, sex, violence or other matters that would offend parents whose younger children view the movie. No stronger words are present in G-rated movies. Some snippets of language may go beyond polite conversation but they are common everyday expressions. Depictions of violence are minimal. No nudity, sex scenes or drug use are present in the movie.

PG / Parental Guidance Suggested / Some Material May Not Be Suitable for Children

A PG-rated movie should be investigated by parents before they let their younger children attend. The PG rating indicates that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children, and parents should make that decision. The more mature themes in some PG-rated movies may call for parental guidance. There may be some profanity and some depictions of violence or brief nudity. But these elements are not deemed so intense as to require that parents be strongly cautioned beyond the suggestion of parental guidance. There's no drug use content in a PG-rated movie.

PG-13 / Parents Strongly Cautioned / Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13

A PG-13 rating is a sterner warning to parents to determine whether their children under age 13 should view the movie, as some material might not be suited for them. The theme of the movie by itself will not result in a rating greater than PG-13, although depictions of activities related to a mature theme may result in a restricted rating for the motion picture. A PG-13 movie may go beyond the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements, but doesn't reach the restricted R category. More than brief nudity will require at least a PG-13 rating, but such nudity in a PG-13 rated motion picture generally will not be sexually oriented.

A movie's single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words, though only as an expletive, initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive requires an R rating, as must even one of those words used in a sexual context. There may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 movie, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence. Any drug use will initially require at least a PG-13 rating.

The Rating Board nevertheless may rate such a motion picture PG-13 if, based on a special vote by a two-thirds majority, the Raters feel that most American parents would believe that a PG-13 rating is appropriate because of the context or manner in which the words are used or because the use of those words in the movie is inconspicuous.

R / Restricted / Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian

An R-rated movie contains some adult material. An R-rated movie may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements, so that parents are counseled to take this rating very seriously. Children under 17 are not allowed to attend R-rated movies unaccompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Parents are strongly urged to find out more about R-rated movies in determining their suitability for their children. Generally, it is not appropriate for parents to bring their young children with them to R-rated movies.

NC-17 / No One 17 and Under Admitted

An NC-17 rated movie is one that most parents would consider patently too adult for their children 17 and under. No children will be admitted. An NC-17 rating can be based on violence, sex, aberrational behavior, drug abuse or any other element that most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children. An NC-17 rated movie is appropriate only for an adult audience.

Ratings meanings reflect the view of the MPAA Rating Board.

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