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MPAA film rating
Related: American censorship - Production code 1934-1967 - PG (Parental Guidance) - film rating
ProfileThe MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. It is one of various motion picture rating systems used to help patrons decide which movies may be appropriate for children. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPAA_film_rating_system [Oct 2004]
In the United States, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) issues ratings for movies. The system was instituted in 1968 and is voluntary; however, most movie theater chains will not show unrated films.
The ratings as they exist in 2003 are:
- G - General Audience - Movie suitable for all ages
- PG - Parental guidance suggested - Contains mature themes, may not be suitable for small children
- PG-13 - Parents strongly cautioned - Contains mature themes, may not be suitable for children under 13 years old
- R - Restricted - Contains mature themes (usually sex and/or violence). Children under 17 not admitted without an adult
- NC-17 - No children under 17 admitted.
- NR or Not Rated - Not an MPAA rating but, is found on back of some video cassettes and usually in commericals a couple months before the movie hits theateres and has not be reviewed yet.
For history and more details, see MPAA film rating system. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movie_ratings#United_States [Aug 2004]
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