Why is An Education rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: An Education is rated PG-13 for for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking.
The central theme of this movie is the sexual attentions of an older man for a girl who is sixteen going on seventeen. His flattery, lavish gifts and an enticing lifestyle draw her to him, and they do eventually sleep together (the act is not shown, although there are a couple of instances when this couple is seen in bed together). Sex is discussed between this adult and minor on several occasions, including an explicit conversation about first-time intercourse. At a mans suggestion, a girl uncovers her chest so he can look at her. Classical paintings of nude figures are seen. Throughout the film adult and teenaged characters smoke and drink. A teen uses smoking as a way to appear more mature. A man drinks alcohol when he is faced with a particularly difficult task. Several mild profanities and a few moderate profanities are uttered, along with the use of terms of Christian deity as expletives. Some derogatory racial remarks are made about Jews and Negros. Characters lie to others when it suits their own interests. Illegal activities are alluded to, and a theft is depicted.