Promising to be one of the more darker films of the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015) was issued a rating of PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America, it was announced today via its weekly Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) bulletin. According to the MPAA, the film received its rating for ‘sci-fi action violence.’
Although the PG-13 rating did not exist until 1984, beyond the debut of the original trilogy of Episodes IV, V and VI, it did exist for the prequels, but only the third, Revenge of the Sith, managed to receive the oft-questioned middleground between PG and R.
With an R rating completely out of the question for just the mere damage it would do at the box office, the PG-13 does seem to suggest that director JJ Abrams was not playing it safe by watering down the action and intensity one might expect to see in the film given what limited imagery and background has been shown/given so far.
On a related note, ABC has announced it will re-air last night’s The Force Awakens edition of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ tomorrow evening, Wednesday, at 10:00 pm ET/PT. The episode, which featured much of the main cast of the film in various capacities, was the show’s fourth highest rated episode to date.