Why is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is rated PG-13 for for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language.
Violence: Riots, deaths and the breakdown of society occur during a worldwide epidemic. A bear attacks and is stabbed to death in the back. Some characters are shown with bloody injuries. Characters are shot, sometimes at close range, and killed. Frequent scenes of hand-to-hand conflict are shown along with some other weapon use. Explosives are used to destroy buildings or kill characters. Others are rounded up and imprisoned. A character is nearly choked to death. A character takes over a group after shooting and killing the leader. Other portrayals of non-graphic violence and some frightening images are shown.
Sexual Content: A couple embraces and kisses. The birth of a new baby is depicted.
Language: The script contains a strong sexual expletive along with profanities, scatological slang and some vulgarities.
Alcohol / Drug Use:A minor character smokes on several occasions. Some brief scenes of drinking are shown.