Why is Chronicle rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Chronicle is rated PG-13 for for intense action and violence, thematic material, some language, sexual content and teen drinking.
Violence: A character is frequently bullied at school, and subjected to verbal and physical abuse at the hands of his father. A boy is punched after refusing to turn off his video camera. A trio of friends crawls down a hole and into a cave where they come across unusual rock formations, which cause one of the characters to get a bloody nose. All three characters suffer from sudden nosebleeds throughout the film. Teens throw balls at one another. Characters play pranks on others. A man almost drowns after his car crashes into a pool of water. Bloody injuries are shown. Lightening kills a character and another is impaled. A man is dropped from a rooftop. Explosions and property damage caused by supernatural powers endangers many secondary characters. A teen exchanges punches with his father. A character attacks and robs several men as well as a store. An explosion results in severe burns on one character. Disturbing scenes of destruction and the willful infliction of injury are portrayed. Police shoot at characters. Others are put in peril.
Sexual Content: Teen males talk briefly about sexual encounters. Some infrequent crude comments are made. A character throws up on a girl during his first attempted sexual activity. A character refers to a bloody nose as a “face period”. Other crass references to sexual activity are made. Some embracing and kissing between teens is depicted.
Language: Mild and moderate profanities along with terms of Deity are heard frequently throughout the film. Some crude name-calling and infrequent vulgar terms are also used.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Teens become drunk at a party. A man’s alcohol problem is discussed several times. An intoxicated father attempts to break into his child’s bedroom.