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The Motion Picture Association is a trade association representing the five major film studios of the United States since 1922
R A T E D
According to MPA's Classification & Rating Administration: "Movies can open our children's eyes to new places, cultures and ideas, and parents have an important role in ensuring that experience is positive and enriching. They need the tools to decide what movies are suitable for their children to watch. From understanding how movie ratings work and have evolved with the times to helping parents find movies appropriate for their kids, we want to help make movie-going a positive experience in your family's life."
General audiences — all ages admitted
Should be suitable for audiences aged 4 and over. Works aimed at children should be set within a positive moral framework and should offer reassuring counterbalances to any violence, threat or horror.
Parental Guidance suggested — some material may not be suitable for children
Unaccompanied children of any age may watch. A PG film should not disturb a child aged around 8 or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children.
Parents strongly cautioned — some material may be inappropriate for children under 13
Unaccompanied children of any age may watch. Parents should consider whether the content may upset children under 13.
Children under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian.
No one 17 and under admitted
T H E M P A
The MPA/CARA website contains listings, guidelines and more.
See also Shadows' British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) page.
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