Why is 16 Blocks rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: 16 Blocks is rated PG-13 for for violence, intense sequences of action and some strong language.
While 16 Blocks avoids any sexual content, bloody violence and corruption are pervasive in the film. With guns drawn, police break into an apartment and discover dead bodies and illegal drugs. During a prisoner transport, one man is shot in the back (blood is shown splattered over the car) and another man is shot at and hit with a car. Several characters are intentionally wounded in their extremities with bullets and one man has his arm slammed in a heavy door. A criminal holds a gun to a man’s head. Car crashes occur during the hijacking of a bus. SWAT teams ransack a bus using high-powered rifles and smoke bombs. An officer is shown drinking on duty on numerous occasions. The script also includes frequent profanities and two uses of an extreme sexual expletive.