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PG-13: Good Or Bad?

Earlier today I read an article at Twitchfilm.com that posed an argument regarding the practicality of the PG-13 movie rating.

In this article, author Todd Brown argued against the PG-13 rating, citing that he felt that these days, 26 years removed from it’s inception; Hollywood rarely produces films targeting the 10-13 year old age group, instead opting to focus on the more profitable age groups a few years North and South of it.

Said article can be found HERE.

Truth be told, I found that I agreed with pretty much everything Mr. Brown had to say.

While I can’t say I pay that much attention to the PG and PG-13 releases these days, I’ve always felt that; in general, there seems to be a distinct lack of films targeted at young people that don’t succumb to the “low” tactic of talking down to their audience.

Even as a kid, I always loved Hayao Miyazaki’s Tonari No Totoro for exactly this reason, as despite it’s inherently childish elements; there were also genuinely scary moments from time to time, as well as some seriously complex and realistic events unfolding in the stories’ periphery.

The movie was by no means a PG-13 film, but it was the first movie that came to mind on the subject of “not talking down to kids,” so I decided to run with it.

… Sorry about that, been a long day.

Anyway, the real reason for this post, was simply that I wanted to share this article with all of you, as I found it quite interesting.

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5 Responses

  1. KingkelloggTheWaffleHaggler says:

    It does seem that movies are made for older audiences,children movies nowdays are so immature and teach children nothing.It bothers me.

    • aznbadger says:

      Foh’ real man. I agree that kid’s movies benefit from possessing a certain degree of color or “fun,” but that doesn’t mean they have to be DUMB. Thank God for Pixar and Ghibli…

  2. Sean Parker says:

    I think one of the main problems stems from directors/producers targeting a rating BEFORE a word of script gets typed. Every time I hear a movie announcement where they release a minuscule amount of info but gab about what the rating’s going to be, I want to cringe (though I’m unfortunately used to it now). I’m fine with the existence of PG-13, but the content should be determining the rating, not the other way around…

    • aznbadger says:

      Couldn’t agree with you more. I kind of like the idea of an in-between rating separating PG and R, but it’d be nice to see “younger” PG-13 movies that actually target the age group of it’s namesake as opposed to the slightly older teenagers with disposable income.

  3. David says:

    Bit late commenting here, but I agree that the movie should come before the rating, and Totoro was my first Japanese-animation I saw and still one of my very favorite movies (saw it in theaters over here). Perhaps with so many ‘kids’ movies talking down to their audience that’s where I should be focusing my attention for breaking into the industry. Not very good competition.

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