Twister’s PG-13 rating was for “intense depiction of very bad weather.” A standard sort of explanation for a rating might be “sexuality, language and violence.” Interestingly, many MPAA rating are more specific, as though the writers felt the need to justify themselves.
The specifics included often seem strange to the viewer, such as in Twister, which explains that the rating has to do with “intense depiction of very bad weather.” It wasn’t just a bad weather, it was very bad weather, and intense too! If viewers had written the explanation they might have mentioned the flying cows or the tornado, but clearly as long as you mention it’s intense, all is well. Here are some other strange ratings:
- Ice Age came out in 2001 and was given a PG rating. Given that it’s a pretty mild movie with talking animals and nothing inappropriate, the PG rating needed an explanation. The rating was given for “mild peril.” Mild peril must mean that the main characters were in danger.
- Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was given a rating of PG. The explanation for the rating included the normal “fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations,” that you might expect for such a movie. It also included the warning about the inclusion of a “smoking caterpillar.” Not just smoking, a smoking caterpillar.
- Tim Burton also got another explanation including a warning about “quirky situations” for his version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The same warning could arguably also be applied to Alice in Wonderland.
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