Movies are Rated, from Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans

Life in the USA is a complete guide to American life for immigrants and Americans. All materials on this site Copyright © Elliot Essman 2014. All rights reserved.    Home    Back    next

Beautiful American Landscape Paintings By Elliot Essman

Life in the USA
American Culture

Movies are Rated
The Motion Picture Association of America runs a system of ratings for movies according to their suitability (sex and violence content) for certain viewers. Five major classifications exist.

  • A movie rated “G” (for General Audiences) can be seen by viewers of all ages. This is real “family” entertainment.

  • A “PG” rating means anyone can be admitted, but parental guidance is suggested because some of the material may not be suitable for very young children.

  • PG-13” is a somewhat stronger warning indicating that some of the material may not be suitable for children below the age of thirteen.

  • An “R” rating indicates some nudity or suggested sex; children under 17 can see the movie only if accompanied by an adult.

  • An “NC-17” rating means that no one 17 and under will be admitted, even if accompanied by an adult. It replaced the previous “X” rating; the term “X-rated” is still used colloquially to indicate a film that shows explicitly sexuality.

“NR” indicates a film has not been rated. The rating system is not a law, but a voluntary system of controls.
Next Section: Movies on Video

American Culture: Chapter Home

Life in the USA Home Page.

The URL of this site is:

Building Yourself - Stylegourmet - Linguix
Smokefreekids - Susie Essman

Top of this Page