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Watch The Dissolve's brief history of the PG-13 rating

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The Dissolve

Meant to be a middleground between PG and R ratings, the MPAA’s PG-13 film rating has drawn criticism over the years for how it’s affected film production. The Dissolve has written about it before, but for the more visually inclined, they’ve offered a brief history lesson on the rating in cartoon form.

“A Brief History of PG-13” tracks the rating from its introduction after concerns over Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Gremlins to its near-constant use in modern blockbuster cinema. 

The PG-13 rating has been adopted by just about every major franchise, from Marvel’s superhero films to the Transformers franchise to The Hunger Games films, and The Dissolve sees that proliferation as a cause for some concern. The video below gives an overview of exactly why, along with some interesting facts about what the PG-13 rating does and does not allow (Is “f***” said once? Sure! PG-13. But twice? Time to bump the film up to an R.).

Watch the video, along with a behind-the-scenes look below.

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