How Are Movies Rated?

MPAA Movie Rating Guidelines

  • G — “General Audience – All Ages Admitted”: Applied when a film contains no nudity, sexual content, drug use or strong language. Violence is minimal and the theme of the movie is deemed appropriate for young children.
  • PG — “Parental Guidance Suggested. Some Material May Not Be Suitable For Children”: The film can contain some profanity, violence or brief nudity, but only in relatively mild intensity. A PG film should not include drug use.
  • PG-13 — “Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13.” . A PG-13 movie can include a single use of what the board deems a “harsher, sexually derived word,” as long as it is only used as an expletive, not in a sexual context.
  • R –“Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian”: This rating to movies the members believe contain a high level of adult content, such as harsh profanity, intense violence, explicit sexual content and extensive drug use.
  • NC-17: “No One 17 And Under Admitted”: Indicates only that adult content is more intense than in an R movie; it does not imply any sort of obscenity.