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The Force Awakens: PG or PG-13?

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' started by Derek, Nov 6, 2014.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens: PG or PG-13?

  1. PG

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  2. PG-13

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  1. Derek

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    With JJ and Lawrence Kasdan at the helm, I believe we can expect a dark star wars. So what do you think, will it be dark enough to procure a PG-13 rating?
     
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    My guess is PG-13. They can't get away with crashing vehicles, bloody faces, flamethrowers or any 'heavy' depiction of evil under PG anymore these days.
     
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    PG-13 is the only way.
     
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    I'm surprised so many people are thinking PG in the poll.

    The only things not PG-13 anymore are legitimate children's films, and I don't think its possible to make a Star Wars film that's PG anymore.

    I only say that because I believe that with today's standards, every Star Wars film would be rated PG-13 (you just can't have all the dismemberment and torture that is rampant in Star Wars fall under the PG banner)
     
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    The movie will suffer if its not PG-13.
     
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    I'm sorry, guys, but I'm hoping for a "PG" rating for this movie. My son will be almost 6 years old when the movie opens. I really want to take him to see it, but if it's PG-13, I don't know if I could justify that to anyone in my family. I don't think having a "PG" rating would mean the movie isn't good.

    EDIT: To whomever gave me the "Epic Fail" rating, I don't think you have any understanding of what it means to be a parent. My son is a huge Star Wars fan, as I was at his age (and still am today, obviously). I haven't let him see "Attack of the Clones" or "Revenge of the Sith" because of the way the violence is portrayed in those movies. Episode VII is going to be viewed by millions of children. The new movie is obviously going to have violence in it, but there are ways to tone it down and still have a very good story. You all can give my post whatever rating you want; it doesn't make my opinion any less valid. I would like to be able to take my son to see the new movie and not have to worry about it being something that he isn't ready for. I want him to have the same enjoyment that I had seeing a new Star Wars movie on opening day when I was around his age.
     
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    Honestly im surprised menace and clones pulled it off

    (Trivia for younger lads the pg-13 rating had not been established in the days of the OT)
     
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    I think "Menace" deserved a PG rating. It wasn't nearly as dark and violent as the next two films were. Yes, there was that scene where Darth Maul was cut in two, I know, but that shot of him falling down that chasm was pretty quick and it wasn't like there was blood being splashed everywhere. If it had been up to me, I might've given "Clones" a PG-13 rating because of scenes like Anakin raging about killing the Tusken Raiders and the amount of violence in the final battle.
     
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    I'm sure it'll get a PG13. Empire would've gotten a PG13 for sliced up tauntaun shad that rating been in place in 1980.
     
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    I am not a parent, but my nieces and nephews are all under 8 years old. I get asked all the time if they should be allowed to see certain films, even PG ones. I think it would be a shame if TFA's rating prevents younger fans from seeing a movie at the age I saw them. I remember distinctly going to see ESB when I was 6 and my mom was pretty worried it would be too "big" for me. In some respects, it might have been, but each child has to be considered individually, it's the job of the parent(s). Stuff like what we see in Avengers is unecesarry for Star Wars, e.g. Loki stabbing a spear through someone and having a lingering shot of it poking out the other side; or, the drug, suicide, sexual references in the film. Anyway, there were plenty of kids under 10 in the theater when I went because of all the plethora of other Marvel and Avengers in kid-friendly form. My point is: don't follow the rating exclusively, but consider what your kid as been exposed to and how they might react to it. My 6-year-old nephew wouldn't handle the Wampa scene in ESB without getting scared, just like I did at that age, but sometimes that's ok. I wasn't traumatized by it.

    That being said, I am not sure if ESB would be rated PG-13 or not. Luke does lose his hand, the wampa loses his arm and eats the tauntaun, guts get cut out for the sleeping bag tauntaun, Luke cuts his own head off in a disturbing vision, vader is creepy as hell choking guys to death left and right, Han gets tortured and subsequently frozen in carbonite in an expression of pain. Lots of freaky stuff now that I think of it, but all of it should still be in there and a lot of those things are iconic moments of the film I can't imagine it without. I am not hoping for a rating either way, I just want the content to be true to itself and not designed to sway one way or the other. I am not looking for an overly dark Star Wars film, which seems to be the trend these days, making movies dark and moody. I'd like to see a balance in between and I'd like to be able to take my eldest nephew to see it with me. However, if TFA turns out to be PG-13, I think it's alright, as hard as it is, to accept that a lot of younglings probably shouldn't go see it...OR...accept the fact that your childhood films were a lot more violent and messed up than you remember.
     
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    The ratings have changed so much since the 80s. PG-13 didn't even exist with the OT. I think all three of the OT would be PG-13 if they were released now. See, the PG is so watered down now -- you can do the proposed "Chewie ripping off Simon Pegg's arm off" scene or anything close to be being dark.

    This sounds like a tricky position for you as a parent. This is a four quadrant film, but like the Pirates movies and half of the Harry Potter film, it needs to appeal to adults as well. If I had a six year old son (and not a one year old), I'd let him see it and explain the scary stuff to him and hopefully he won't get too many nightmares. But I had Rancor nightmares as a kid in '83 and it was totally worth it.

    If Harry Potter and the Death Hallows is PG-13, then ESB would be PG-13
     
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    I just wouldn't let the rating be the sole measuring stick. But if you haven't let him see PG rated Attack of the Clones, then I simply wouldn't bother with TFA for a while.
     
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    Empire in sure would be pg-13 today jedi would be a tough call New hope I bet would prob still be pg

    Fun fact it was almost G!!! The charred bodies of the Lars family were what pushed it
     
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    Giving it a PG Rating would limit creative and artistic possabilities of the movie. But the movie will be PG-13.
     
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    I'm in the same boat. As is Disney. It's not an easy call. You risk losing millions of lost ticket sales with a PG-13 rating... But a PG rating will also suffer from a cynical backlash from OT fans who think that downgrade would hurt the story, etc.

    You also have to understand how much times have changed. I have 9-year olds yelling all kinds of profanity in my direction while playing a very MATURE rated FPS online. And Star Wars is Disney's entry into the boy's market... Darker and a bit more violent sells to boys as early as 6 now! Asked a buddy of mine who has a 6 year old nephew if the kid was into Star Wars/Skylanders/Disney Infinity, etc. and he said Nope, used to be, now the kid is all about Call of Duty. At 6!
     
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    Loads of little kids attend pg-13 now no real difference anymore really and all marvel films are pg-13
     
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    I supect it will be PG-13 and I am in the same situation with an 8 and 6 year old who are dying to see the movie. However, no all PG-13 movies are created equal. Therefore what I have told my kids is that if it is PG-13 I will need to see it first to make sure it is appropriate for them to watch. If it is then I will take them to see it. If it is PG-13 because of a few graphic scenes ( like in ROS ) then I think they will be able to handle it. If it is PG-13 like the last Transfomer movie with Mark Wahlburg and has a ton of inappropriate language then there will be no way I can let them see it. However, I don't see Disney taking it that far.
     
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    Only 1 of the 6 films now has a PG-13 rating.......
    With Disney over seeing Star Wars now I believe they will keep it in the PG rating to attract more "families" to go see the films. Ep. 5: TESB is considered to be the best and darkest film and it's PG.
     
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    3 year olds go to pg-13 movies these days
     
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    That's because there are a lot of dumb and irresponsible parents in the world today.
     
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