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APPC Research Finds That Under MPAA’s Rating System, PG-13 Movies Contain Increasingly Violent Content

Research conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center has found that the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA’s) rating system increasingly has assigned violent content to the PG-13 rating category. The PG-13 category was established in 1984 to warn parents about content in PG films that might not be appropriate for a child under 13. Instead of shielding young people from such content however, the research found that some content that previously would have received a restrictive R-rating is now assigned a PG-13 rating.