Watch: The Evolution of the PG-13 Rating - Has It Become a Hindrance?
Many cinephiles know that the PG-13 rating that is so popular today is a relatively new addition to the rating system of the Motion Picture Association of America. Basically, because some movies with more questionable content like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Poltergeist and Gremlins threw parents into an uproar because the content didn't seem to fit the PG-rating moniker, Steven Spielberg and the MPAA came up with the PG-13 rating as a middle ground between the more kid-friendly PG films, and the adult-oriented R-rated flicks. However, GoodBadFlicks thinks the PG-13 rating is causing problems.
While the video raises some fair points, there are some conclusions here that just don't make sense. The biggest criticism seems to be that studios are cutting what should be R-rated films and dumbing them down to get the coveted teenage demographic into theaters. That's undoubtedly true, but some of the examples aren't necessarily definitive cases of the PG-13 rating hurting the film or the box office numbers, especially when you take into account films like The Dark Knight (which got complaints that it should be R-rated). But we'd like to hear what you think. Does the PG-13 rating affect your desire to see a given film? Do you think the PG-13 rating is hurting quality films? Let us know what you think!