Why is Dark Skies rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Dark Skies is rated PG-13 for for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language - all involving teens.
Violence: Characters lie on several occasions. Children overhear their parents arguing. Birds fly into a house killing themselves and leaving bloody marks. Characters experience moments of terror and peril. A woman bangs her head on a window until it breaks. Blood pours from a man’s nose. Characters have seizures or become paralyzed. Children are shown with bruises or other markings on their body and their parents are accused of abuse. A boy shoots another teen with a dart gun. A man attacks a boy and begins hitting him. He is attacked and punched in the face by another man. A man fires a gun. A woman uses a large kitchen knife as a weapon. A teen and his father argue. A dead character is seen lying in a pool of blood. A man in a room with blood-splattered walls shoots himself. (Shooting takes place off-screen.) Characters are threatened on numerous occasions.
Sexual Content: Teens watch part of a porn movie that includes groping and some sexual sounds. A boy later gropes a girl’s breast in the same manner. Teens kiss. A married couple kisses and is shown kissing and cuddling under the sheets. A man talks about spicing up the couple’s sex life. A boy brags about his female conquests. A teen uses crude terms to describe sexual activity and anatomy. A bare buttock is seen in a photo. Sounds of sexual activity are heard.
Language: The script includes infrequent scatological slang and profanities, as well as crude sexual language and terms.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A teen brings illegal drugs to share with his friends. He is later seen running wildly around the living room. A woman takes prescription drugs to deal with stress. Adults drink at a dinner party. A man smokes.