How The Dark Knight Rises Earned Its PG-13

Posted by April 8, 2012 Comment

It seems a little early to me, but the MPAA have apparently given The Dark Knight Rises its rating for release in the US, and it’s a PG-13. No surprise there – it was never going to be an R, and a PG was a long shot too.

The MPAA’s notes, providing rationale for this rating, were posted on a Warner Bros. exhibitor site, and spotted by a Nolan Fan (with thanks to Collider for the tip). Here they are:

PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.

How much sensuality is some, I wonder? A bit of bat-necking, I’d imagine. And I suppose this classification of the violent, active sequences as “intense” count as the first independent review of the film. Well, it’s as useful as any poster quote, at least.

These notes rise the ante, ever so slightly, from The Dark Knight, which was said to contain:

intense sequences of violence and some menace.

I’ll take sensuality over menace any day of the week.

Here’s a screen shot of the note in situ.

(Last Updated April 8, 2012 3:18 pm )

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