The movie ratings are assigned
by the Classification and Rating Administration, a committee
of the Motion Picture Association of America. CARA is composed
of a group of people, all parents, who view each movie and then
vote on the appropriate rating to be assigned. If a movie producer
or distributor disagrees with the rating, an appeal can be filed,
or the film can be edited and re-submitted. The rating system
is a voluntary system. It is not a law. However, most theatre
companies enforce the ratings when selling tickets. In fact,
since the rating system was implemented in 1965, the movie industry
has turned away millions of dollars in ticket sales from kids
wanting to see R-rated movies. As a parent, you can use the ratings
(and the rating reasons included with each rating) to determine
if a film is suitable for your children to see.
G - General Audiences
The G rating means
that most parents will find nothing objectionable for children
in the film. However, the G rating does NOT mean that the movie
in question is a kids' movie. The ratings only tell you about
the content of a film; they do not address the appropriateness
of the story for any particular age group.
PG - Parental Guidance
Suggested - Some material may not be suitable for children
All ages are admitted to PG movies. The PG rating
suggests that certain colorful words may be in the film, as well
as light violence and sensuality. However, there will generally
be no nudity, and the harsher words won't be included.
PG-13 - Parents strongly
cautioned - Some material may not be suitable for pre-teenagers
are admitted to PG-13 movies. Language can be almost anything,
although you won't hear gratuitous use of sexually-derived words.
Occasional "F words" may be heard, but not in a sexual
context. Violence can be strong, but not very graphic. Adventure
scenes can be perilous and scary. "Gore" is generally
light and toned-down. Approximately 60% of the movies we show
carry this rating.
R - Restricted - Under
17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
movies can contain just about anything short of graphic sex,
although you usually won't see frontal below-belt nudity. Language
and violence are basically unlimited. At the Roxy, we require
parents or guardians to come to the boxoffice to verify that
it's OK for kids under high-school age to see R-rated films. We recommend
that if you want your kids to see an R-rated film, that you come
to the theatre and view the movie with them. We cannot accept handwritten
notes, phone calls or any other means of permission. The ratings
system is a voluntary system; with the cooperation of parents,
the industry hopes to keep it that way.
NC-17 - No Children
Under 17 Admitted
This rating signifies that the film contains patently adult material.
No children under 17 are admitted under any circumstances. (As
a rule, the Roxy does not play NC-17 films.)
For more ratings information, visit these
- You can type in any movie title and get its rating, along with
a list of the rating reasons.
www.screenit.com - This site gives every possible detail about
the objectionable content of movies. (Contains spoilers, so beware!)