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A Brief History of PG-13

There’s no argument that the MPAA ratings system for movies has wandered far afield of what was intended when it was first introduced in 1968. At the time, most movies were rated G and the whole family went to see them. Now, a G-rated movie is pretty much aimed at young children, and PG is almost there. The rating modern movies want is PG-13, the new rating introduced in 1984, so the lucrative teenage market can get into the theater and know they will see the the maximum adult content allowed for them.

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This video from Pitchfork explains how we got to this point. You’ll find a more involved article about the PG-13 rating at The Dissolve. -via Metafilter


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