The Rating Game. There Is A Secretive Group That Determines How And Why A Movie Earns An R-Rating.

Ever wonder how a movie is rated?

There are five rating categories for films, G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17. 

There is a panel led by Kelly McMahon that handles the job of rating about 700 movies that come out each year and slapping a label on them that determines who can watch them. 

According to a CNBC report, one rule for the group is how the F-word is used. 

McMahon is the chair of the Classification and Rating Administration, and she told CNBC this. 

“Used more than once as an expletive, it gets kicked up to an R,” said McMahon, chair of the Classification and Rating Administration (CARA), a Los Angeles-based division of the Motion Picture Association. Warner Bros. The Batman,” for example, has a lot of profane dialogue, including the use of s—, b——, and a——. But it only used the F-word once, allowing it to remain PG-13.”


Any movie with more than three F-bombs can kiss goodbye any hope of remaining a PG-13 movie, and if the word is used in a sexual context, it’s an automatic R. 

The group even has a rule regarding the word mother f——r. A movie can have one use of that phrase to still qualify for a PG-13 rating. Repeated use of the word b——h is okay in PG-13 movies.

CARA was established 54 years ago, and the people on the panel must have a child between the ages of 5 and 15. 

If you see a film with a PG-13 ring, that means it might depict violence, nudity, sensuality, profane language, or have other mature themes in it. 

When it comes to violence, what determines an R rating is how realistic it is and how much of it is. 

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