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What do the MPAA Ratings Stand For?

Rating Meaning MPAA’s Explanation
G General Audiences “Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.”On the box: “All ages admitted”
PG Parental Guidance Suggested “Parents urged to give ‘parental guidance.’ May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.”On the box: “Some material may not be suitable for children”
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned “Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.”On the box: “Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13″
R Restricted “Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.”On the box: “Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian”
NC-17 No One 17 and Under Admitted “Clearly adult. Children are not admitted.”On the box: Same as the meaning

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