Your Guide to Understanding Movie Ratings
It is very important for families to be able to determine what
types of movies are suitable for the viewing audience that their
family consists of. This is one of the main reasons that there are
movie ratings in place. In the United States, there is an
association referred to as the one of the “Motion Picture” that
focuses on appropriately ratings movie material. Numerous families
respect the ratings that are issued by this particular association
across the states. These ratings help families deem appropriate
viewing material for them and their children. This article will
serve as your guide on understanding movie ratings.
There are numerous considerations made when the ratings are set
in place for movies. Ratings are not developed based on just one
consideration. This association looks to base their ratings on the
following factors: the overall theme of the movie, the type of
language that is used throughout the movie, if there is violence in
the movie and what kind of violence, if there are sexual and/or
obscene storylines in the movie, and if there is drug use and/or
promotion in the movie.
The following represents various movie ratings that are issued
based on the above-listed information: G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17,
Closed Captioning, and Not Rated. We will now take a closer look at
what these various ratings mean.
General Audience Ratings
A General Audience rating means that the association has found
the movie to be appropriate for all ages. Parents can rest assured
that a movie rated G has no initial causes for concerns with the
association. Ratings that reflect a “general audience” appeal have
no obscene and/or sexual themes in them, there is absolutely no
nudity, and the violence that may be exhibited in the film is very
small, if any. In some cases, movies that are rated “G” do have
some colorful language and/or expressions, but it is not heavy and
does not exceed language or phrases that are used beyond
expressions that are common.
Parental Guidance Rating
A rating that reflects “parental guidance” means just what it
says. It is important for parents to either view the movie prior to
allowing their child to view it, or to be present when their child
is watching the film. Sexual and/or obscene scenes are limited to
possibly only an indication of the matter, and/or brief nudity.
Major scenes of drug use and tolerance are not present, but
suggestion may be present. Violence may be present in the movie,
but it is closely monitored and not heavy. Parents and/or guardians
should be present in order to clarify situations and/or questions
that their child may have regarding the movie that they are
Parental Guidance for Children Under 13
If a movie is rated to be concerned for children under 13, you
can expect to have some strong language, more violence, and more
exposure to sex and nudity.
In movies with an “R” rating, parents should be immediately
concerned about the content of the film. There will be numerous
adult and/or violent scenes throughout this movie.
No Person Under 17
This particular rating simply suggests adult related material
and the fact that there is no viewer under 17 years of age
Last, but not least a film with closed captioning in its rating
merely informs the public that sounds of a particular film can be
seen by text that is displayed somewhere along the screen on which
the film is being watched.