That means that adolescents eager to see Batman (Christian Bale) save Gotham from the
threat of steroidal criminal mastermind Bane (Tom Hardy) and jewel-thieving
Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) will be able to buy a
ticket without dragging along a parent or guardian.
The MPAA said the film earned its PG-13 for "intense sequences of
violence and action, some sensuality and language."
Although Warner Bros. essentially gave director Christopher Nolan free rein
on his follow-up to the mega-grossing "The Dark Knight," it probably would have
balked at having its $250 million filmbranded with an R-rating. That could have
depressed ticket sales by preventing teenage moviegoers from purchasing tickets;
a fate most tentpole films are eager to avoid.
The official announcement of "The Dark Knight" PG-13 rating comes on the
heels of the ratings controversy surrounding "Bully." The Weinstein Co. and
the MPAA engaged in a stand-off after the studio's documentary about teen
bullying earned an R-rating for language.
The Weinstein Co. argued that a R would prevent school groups from seeing the
film. It released an unrated version of "Bully" before ultimately agreeing to
trim a few curse words in order to earn a PG-13.
The MPAA has shown more willingness to give films with violent content
PG-13-ratings than it has movies with sex and liberal use of the F-word.
The point that is being made in this article is that Batman which has violence in it is given a rating that kids can go watch were a movie (Bully) that the worse thing it does is swear. We all know kids even younger then 13 are exposed to swearing all the time so the movie Bully actually should be rated PG-13 or rated G since there is no violence in it.
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