It’s Not Your Imagination That Movies Are Getting More Violent. And Get This: Study Says Movies Rated PG-13 Are More Violent Than R-Rated Ones!

Nov 13, 2013  •  Post A Comment

"A Rapid-Fire Surge in PG Violence" screamed one of the front-page headlines in the Los Angeles TImes on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.

The story, by John Horn and Steven Zeitchik, begins: "When the first ‘Die Hard’ and ‘Terminator’ movies landed in theaters in the 1980s, both were rated R. But their sequels arrived with PG-13 marks — even though the level of violence had actually escalated.

"Critics have blasted Hollywood’s movie ratings for years, claiming that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) takes a prudish view of sex and foul language but a very liberal one when it comes to mayhem and bloodshed."

The story continues: "A new report provides strong evidence for that critique, concluding that gunplay has tripled within PG-13 films since 1985, the first full year the rating was used. Last year, PG-13 films were actually more violent than films rated R."

Adds the article: " ‘We were absolutely stunned,’ said Brad Bushman of Ohio State University, co-author of the report published Monday in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. ‘The MPAA website clearly says that R-rated films contain more violence. But PG-13 films now contain significantly more violence than R-rated films.’ The MPAA declined to comment."

We urge you to click on the link in the first paragraph, above, to read more details of this story.

One Comment

  1. Compared to Europe, we have it backwards… and we wonder why there are so many shootings in this country.

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