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What Makes A Movie R-Rated?

Ever wonder the reasoning behind movie ratings?

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Have you ever gone to a movie and disagreed with the rating? There seems to be a blurry boundary when it comes to what is movie is rated. As you may know, the ratings for movies range from G, as the most kid-friendly movie, to NC-17 for adult films. What does each rating represent?


Everyone knows the G-rating. I grew up with my mom cautiously looking for movies for my young self with this rating. This rating represents that a film is safe for all ages.

PG-13 Rating.


PG-13 is a rating that cautions parents about the content of a movie. If alcohol, drugs, sexual situations, or any other adult themes are presented, then the movie will most likely have this rating.

R-Rating / Via

If you are under 17 and without a parent, good luck getting into an R-rated movie. R-rated movies are given that rating because they have nudity, sexual themes, drug abuse, frequent language, and violence. *coughs "Deadpool"*

NC-17 Rating / Via

NC-17 is a rating that is given to films with content so graphic or intense that they do not want anyone under 18 seeing it. Adult films with this rating were once known as X-Rated.

Controversies on the Rating of Films. / Via

There have been many controversies on the rating of films. For instance, the 1971 film "A Clockwork Orange" was originally given a X rating, and even banned in England until 2000.

The Conclusion.

There is a lot that goes into rating a movie. The opinion on who rates it is a big part of its rating. But in the big scheme of things its the watcher who should have the say in what they watch.

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