Why is 2012 rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: 2012 is rated PG-13 for for intense disaster sequences and some language.
In the true nature of a disaster film, this movie is packed with scenes of destruction and devastation as entire cities and their citizens are swallowed up in huge cavernous cracks in the Earth’s surface. Other characters are crushed by falling cars, buildings or rocks, swept away in huge tsunamic waves, drowned at sea or blown up in naturally caused explosions. After riots break out, characters are crushed or pushed off the edge of a high precipice. The corpses of people who committed mass suicide are seen. A man is shot at and blown up. During seismic activity, highways heave, buildings crumble, cars fall out of a parking garage, road structures collapse and volcanic eruptions happen. Some bloody, injured and dead people are seen. Raw sewage is sprayed across a car. One character is crushed to death and another has his legs torn off in a huge gear system (the bloody stumps of his legs are shown). Some weapons are used by the military. Adults drink at social events or while facing impending death. Brief comments are made about adult sexual activities. A woman discusses her breast enhancements. Partial male buttock nudity is briefly seen. The script contains frequent profanities and terms of Deity, as well as an extreme sexual expletive and a crude hand gesture. A prolonged sequence of flashing lights may also be disturbing to some viewers.