Motion Picture Association of America film rating system
Ratings[change | change source]
The following MPAA ratings have been in use since 1990:
(Equivalent: Videogames: EC, E; Television: normally TV-Y or TV-G, sometimes TV-Y7 or TV-PG)
(Equivalent: Videogames: E10+ (sometimes E, T); Television: normally TV-Y7, TV-Y7-FV, TV-G, or TV-PG, rarely TV-Y, sometimes TV-14)
(Equivalent: Videogames: T (sometimes E10+, M); Television: normally TV-Y7, TV-Y7-FV, TV-PG or TV-14, rarely TV-Y or TV-G, sometimes TV-MA)
(Equivalent: Videogames: M (sometimes T); Television: normally TV-14 or TV-MA, sometimes TV-PG)
(Equivalent: Videogames: AO; Television: sometimes TV-14 or TV-MA)
R[change | change source]
The R rating (restricted) means that anyone under 17 must be with a parent or adult guardian. The rating was first issued in 1968. R-rated movies usually represent with strong violence, intense language and other strong adult content.
NC-17[change | change source]
The NC-17 rating means that no one 17 or under can see the movie in theaters. The rating was first used in 1990 after the earlier X rating they had created 22 years before had become associated with pornography. Unfortunately, the NC-17 rating went on to acquire stigma: movie stores like Blockbuster wouldn't stock movies with such a rating, certain movie chains would not show them and some papers refused advertisements for them. Some movie companies will often surrender an NC-17 rating and release a movie with no rating whatsoever. Others release movies without a rating if they are expecting an NC-17 rating. Notable motion pictures with an NC-17 classification include Henry & June (1990) and Showgirls (1995).
Old Ratings[change | change source]
The old movie ratings, which were in use 1968 to 1990 were:
- Rated M: - Suggested for Mature Audiences. Parental discretion advised.
- Rated GP - Parental Guidance. May contain some suggestive content.
- Rated X: - No one under 17 admitted.
References[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
- Film Ratings at the MPAA website