What movie was responsible for the creation of the PG-13 rating?

It was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Or rather, that one was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Most of the movie was typical PG adventure fare, no different from the previous Indy movie or Star Wars, but then there were a few disturbing scenes like the one where Mola Ram extracts a man’s heart and sacrifices him to Kali. Initially this was deemed enough to give it an R rating, just as the climactic scene was for Raiders before it. In that instance all Lucasfilm had to do was obscure Belloq’s exploding head with a column of fire to reduce the impact of the scene and they got their PG back, but Temple of Doom was comparatively a lot more pervasive with things that might have been disturbing to young children.

Frustrated with this state of affairs and not wanting to water down the movie, Spielberg decided to argue with the MPAA over it. He felt that although some of the action and horror was too intense for children it was still clearly a work of fantasy and, what’s more, still didn’t seem like it should be restricted to audiences 17 and up. This wasn’t the first movie to struggle with this distinction — a whole class of action and horror movies were emerging that definitely didn’t seem “mature” but still registered complaints for the PG rating being misleading about their level of gore and violence in some scenes, like Gremlins. So, Spielberg and company went on to suggest that the MPAA needed some kind of middle rating between PG and R to denote movies appropriate for teenagers but too mature for children.

While Temple of Doom itself didn’t benefit from this classification and was rated PG for the time being, leaving many parents in 1984 rather dismayed, the new rating was instituted that very year as PG-13, and applied to the movie Red Dawn several months later.

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Do you think this movie deserves the PG-13 rating?

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Russ Dobell
I remember when it was GP not PG. There was G-GP-R and X. simple, 4 choices
Feb 20, 2020 7:40AM
Theresa Gibbs
Red Dawn
Dec 14, 2019 7:49PM
erik hughes
First of all, the question (in the graphic) was "The first movie with the PG-13 rating is...", and that is "Red Dawn"; the question of "What movie was responsible..." is incorrect, as it seems Speilberg was responsible; the "Temple of Doom" remains a PG film to this day, unlike several films from the 70s that I saw when they were PG (like the original "Swamp Thing" and "Hair"). When they are shown on cable today, have either the MA or R rating (usually because of female partial nudity), whereas you can see a guy's head blown off and get a PG-13.
Nov 24, 2019 6:41PM
Not sure!
Nov 18, 2019 11:37PM
Arturo Melendres
More interested in XXX.
Oct 11, 2019 12:34AM
Really? I thought it came about way before that movie. huh.
Sep 2, 2019 7:20PM
Lynne Zeman
Gautam Shiv Vir, it means Parental Guidance should be used to determine if the content may be too much for their child. Some children are more sensitive than others.
Mar 20, 2019 6:12PM
James Brice
The movie should have gotten a W for Waste of time.
Mar 5, 2019 9:15PM
karen twirly
Fascinating. Had no idea that was the movie.
Feb 24, 2019 5:13PM
Joyce Bigham
the movie red
Jan 29, 2019 4:51PM
Evangeline Phillips
In the UK we have a PG, an under 13 an under 18 and an over 18 rating now which has a sufficient range of restrictions for most children. However the PG rating is not always adhered to by parents and with more and more films being watched over a multitude of devices it is more important than ever for parents to restrict their children's viewing, also not to watch films which children should not watch when their children and their friends children are around. When children talk about horror films at school etc it is the ideal opportunity for parents to liken these films to fairy stories or disney films, telling children that parents also like fantasy films so why should adults not watch horror movies since children like disney?
Jan 23, 2019 4:28AM
Mary Bates Muckle
We wonder why there are so many horrific acts that are committed today? I feel it starts with what we watch and take into our minds!
Jan 18, 2019 11:14PM
Caroline Weis
I wonder how many children watched "Nightmare on Elm Street" or the "Halloween " movies or "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" or the Jason movies or any of the other horror movies? None of those are suitable for young children but parents have let them see them.
Jan 17, 2019 5:33PM
Marian Kremers
why would a parent allow a young child to watch something like that? Don't they preview the movie?
Jan 3, 2019 6:08PM
Don Racette
Marjorie Healey You're DOGgone right it is
Jan 2, 2019 8:59PM

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