Study shows PG-13 films are more violent than R films


You know what? PG-13 rated flicks get away with quite a bit as long as they refrain from using “f**k” more than once and show less than 2 naked breasts. You may have noticed the increase in allowable body counts in say...G.I. Joe Retaliation because of a lack of blood or camera cuts, and you’d be right on the money. The sweet, sweet 13 years or younger money. 

According to a recent study conducted by Ohio State University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, PG-13 flicks have become more violent (particularly gun use) since the rating was introduced back in the 80s. The study checked over 900 top grossing movies (from 1950 to 2012) and found out that gun violence has doubled during that span with PG-13 films nearly tripling that amount. 

What’s notable about this is that according to the study, the gun violence in PG-13 films has been nearly on the same level with R rated films since 2009 and has since passed them in ferocity last year. While the study doesn’t exactly get into how the violence in a film is presented and only goes for a general figure, it does make one thing clear: The ratings system has a lot of grey areas. What do you guys think? Too many guns or not enough guns? 

[via /Film