7 ‘PG-13’ Movies That Should Be Rated ‘R’

Bonus: Jaws


Jaws | Source: Universal

To start off the list, let’s talk about Jaws — a movie you might be surprised to hear has a PG rating. Jaws was released in 1975, almost 10 years before PG-13 existed, but there’s an argument to be made that the film could be closer to an R than PG. Throwing out the fact that the movie is utterly terrifying, let’s outline some of the film’s more disturbing and graphic moments: We see a character chomped down on at his waist and killed; a boy is attacked and killed as blood spills into the water; a corpse missing an eye is discovered in a sunken ship; and several other moments are impressively gory even by PG-13 standards. The film probably would have been PG-13 if it had existed, but it might have had to go through minor cuts to get there.

Next: The kind of film that makes you think the rating system is seriously flawed.

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