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Sex and violence in film: A double standard for what kids see

Randy Olson sent Know More the above graph, which shows what’s in films that kids have been able to watch since 1990: plenty of strong language and violence, and almost no sex and drugs.

The graph is based on IMDb records of the reasons given by the Motion Picture Association of America for PG ratings. A PG rating indicates that parental guidance is suggested — but how many parents are there who refuse to allow their children to watch PG films?

As Olson notes, filmmakers are sometimes willing to include violence in movies designed for the family, but a film that includes sex or drugs will usually receive a rating of PG-13 or higher. We wouldn’t want the movies to be too much fun, now, would we?

Many thanks to Olson for sharing the above image. Click below to see the graphs he made for films rated PG-13 and R.

Max Ehrenfreund | February 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm
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