Guide to Film Ratings

The rating system is a guide to help you determine a movies content prior to viewing it. Click on a specific rating below to read more information about it.



G:"General Audiences-All Ages Admitted."

This is a film which contains nothing in theme, language, nudity and sex, violence, etc. which would be offensive to parents whose younger children view the film. The G rating does not signify a children's film.

Some snippets of language may go beyond polite conversation but they are common everyday expressions. No stronger words are present in G-rated films. The violence is at a minimum. Nudity and sex scenes are not present; nor is there any drug use content.


PG:"Parental Guidance Suggested. Some Material May Not Be Suitable For Children."

This is a film which needs to be inquired into by parents before they let their children attend. The label PG plainly states that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children, but the parent must make the decision.

The theme of a PG-rated film may itself call for parental guidance. There may be some profanity in these films. There may be some violence or brief nudity. There is no drug use content in a PG-rated film.



PG-13:"Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13."

Parents are alerted to be very careful about the attendance of their under-teenage children.

A PG-13 film is one which leaps beyond the boundaries of the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, or other contents, but does not quite fit within the restricted R category. Any drug use content will initially require at least a PG-13 rating.

If nudity is sexually oriented, the film will generally not be found in the PG-13 category. If violence is too rough or persistent, the film goes into the R (restricted) rating. A film's single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words, though only as an expletive, shall initially require that film at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive, issues a film an R rating.


R:"Restricted, Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent Or Adult Guardian."

This film definitely contains some adult material. Parents are strongly urged to find out more about this film before they allow their children to accompany them.

An R-rated film may include hard language, or tough violence, or nudity within sensual scenes, or drug abuse or other elements, or a combination of some of the above, so that parents are counseled, in advance, to take this advisory rating very seriously.


NC-17:"No One 17 And Under Admitted."

This rating declares that this is a film that most parents will consider too adult for their youngsters under 17. No children will be admitted. NC-17 does not necessarily mean "obscene or pornographic".  An NC-17 rating can be violence or sex or aberrational behavior or drug abuse or any other elements which, when present, most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children.

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