Movie Ratings System


Did you ever have any confusion as to what are the movie ratings for families or kids? If so, read the following explanation of the current movie ratings system.

Movie ratings explained

The current movie ratings system in the US is devised by MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America)

There are five ratings at the moment though it may be subject to change in the future.

G or ‘General Audience – All Ages Admitted’
As the name suggests, it is the rating for movies meant for all. These movies contain no nudity, explicit content, drug use or any bad language. There will be no violence (or very minimal) and hence these movies are suitable for all audience including young children.

PG or ‘Parental Guidance Suggested. Some Material May Not Be Suitable For Children’
PG rating is given to a movie when the rating authority believes that some parents may find the content inappropriate for younger children. These films may contain some profanity, violence or brief nudity – all that with relatively mild intensity. PG films should not include any drug use.

PG-13 or ‘Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13’
This rating is given to those films where violence, profanity or sexual content is intense enough that most parents wouldn’t want to expose their young children to such films. Any movies with drug use scenes and swearing words will get at least a PG-13 rating.

R or ‘Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian’
R-rated movies contain a high level of adult content, such as harsh profanity, intense violence, and explicit sexual content. These may have extensive drug use scene as well.

NC-17 or ‘No One 17 And Under Admitted’
This rating is applied to films where the content, as per most parents, is totally inappropriate for children. It mainly indicates that adult content is more intense than in an R movie. It may not imply any obscenity but could be due to extreme violence, highly profane language etc.

Typical movie ratings for kids are G or PG and if you want to go with completely clean movies you have to go for a G rating.

Please note that in some states, NC-17 has an age requirement of 18 years.