G Or PG Movies That Would/Should Be Rated Higher

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What are some movies that are rated G or PG that you think would be given a higher rating these days if they were released in this time, instead? Movies with a G or PG rating that have content decidely more "extreme" and enough to warrant a higher rating, possibly a PG-13 or even an R. Some that come to mind:


  • Raiders Of The Lost Ark - Was almost rated R due to the face melting deaths. Even with that out of the equation, there's more than enough violence and gruesomeness here for an R rating, with lots of gory headshots, blood splatter and rotted corpses.
  • Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom - The movie that along with Gremlins helped create the PG-13 rating. Even then, this is more than graphic enough for an R, with not only the infamous heart-ripping sequence, but also a rather graphic impaling at the beginning (with a flaming skewer of all things), a man getting crushed by a rock crusher and of course the infamous dinner sequence, with animals and monkey brains being consumed.
  • Gremlins - Certainly dark enough and with enough mayhem and gruesomeness to warrant even an R rating.
  • Ghostbusters (both) - Both movies are rated PG, but they have enough spooky moments and course language to warrant a far higher rating. I'm surprised the scene with the impaled heads on the stakes in the second movie didn't earn it an R rating.
 
Marley & Me was really pushing its rating, IMO...
 
Jaws. That shot when Bruce
bites into Quint and that blood he spits out
ruined me when I was a child. PG-13 at least nowadays.
 
Can't believe I forgot Jaws 1 and 2. They both are definitely gruesome enough for an R rating, or a very hard PG-13 at least.
 
Annie Hall. I don't think you could put marijuana use and cocaine (albeit not in use) in a movie now and not have it be rated PG-13. It probably has a tad much sex-related dialogue too.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Too much innuendo and violence for PG.
 
The first two Planet of the Apes, especially Beneath the PoA durring the bomb worship scenes
 
All the old James Bond movies.
 
This thread is a really a good example of how over the last few decades, the world has been continually losing it's balls. :up:
 
Fellowship of the ring. I always freaked out when Bilbo was in his weird demon faze.
 
Fellowship of the ring. I always freaked out when Bilbo was in his weird demon faze.
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LOL. I would've loved to have seen that shot of him out in theaters in a packed crowd..

That was totally unexpected and terrifying...
 
How to Train your Dragon

How many kid's movies involve the child protagonist losing a limb?
 
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LOL. I would've loved to have seen that shot of him out in theaters in a packed crowd..

That was totally unexpected and terrifying...

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How to Train your Dragon

How many kid's movies involve the child protagonist losing a limb?
Well, I don't think that decision had much to do with pushing the ratings as much as going against the norm...
 
More recently, I'd say "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince". I have no idea why it was rated PG, especially when "Order of the Phoenix" was PG-13 and that was much less dark than "Half Blood Prince" was.
 
I think Empire would earn a PG-13 nowadays. It was a pretty dark movie, especially compared to ANH & ROTJ.
 
I know the thread title says "G or PG Movies That Would/Should Be Higher" but, I have an odd movie for y'all (because it's rated higher in other parts of the world): it's called 'The Wraith'. The movie was rated PG-13 in the U.S. and was nude-heavy...

THANK THE HEAVENS FOR SHERILYN FENN! :bow:

Pretty violent and, not to mention... IT'S AN F'N REVENGE FLICK FROM THE 80s! How could a movie from the 1980s like that even encounter a PG-13 rating?

'Lost in Translation' is another choice for me personally because, in the U.S., it's rated R, while, here in Canada, it's rated PG. While I believe that the PG rating here in Canada makes the film seem much more friendly and open to all audiences (which the movie truly is), it's still weird to see a light, dark, comedic-drama as that be rated PG. I could understand why they rated 'European Vacation' PG-13 in the U.S. (even with that extended nude sequence) because it's a comedy, but a film like 'Lost in Translation' just seems weird for a PG rating with it's content.
 
This thread is a really a good example of how over the last few decades, the world has been continually losing it's balls. :up:
I shall quote this for truth.............
 
Titanic should have been R and made half the money because all the 13 year old girls wouldn't have been able to see it like 15 times a peice. (I have a cousin who was that age at the time, and she saw it litterally 12 times, some of her friends saw it more.)
 
I know it's a bit too soon and a lot of people will disagree with me, but, in Toy Story 3, the [BLACKOUT]incinerator scene[/BLACKOUT] was INTENSE beyond belief. Looking back, that one could've gone up to PG.

And I don't know, but the Penguin crunching on the guy's nose and blood squirting out in Batman Returns wasn't something you'd necessarily see in a PG-13 movie. :wow:
 
I thought Temple of Doom was one of or the main reason for the PG-13 rating to exist. I don't think PG-13 was around when that movie came out.
 
Teen Wolf
There was some heavy teen drinking for a PG film and I think the language was a bit much for PG
 
Airplane! would be at least a PG-13 if submitted to the ratings board today. Bare breasts, drug use, and an oral sex joke among other offenses. And the xxxx literally hits the fan.
 

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