Why is Elizabeth The Golden Age rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Elizabeth The Golden Age is rated PG-13 for for violence, some sexuality and nudity.
Although likely accurate for the time, the torture methods used in the film are often gory and bloody. Severely beaten bodies are chained in torture chambers while other traitors are publicly hanged or beheaded. Unauthorized murders by gunfire or impaling also take place outside the palace. On the sea, cannon fire rips apart ships and human bodies (leaving one man legless) during intense battle scenes. On shore, an ill-advised affair (shown in blurred silhouettes) enrages the Queen who’s own aging body causes her some despair when she gazes upon it. (Female back and buttock nudity is seen). Brief, experimental tobacco use and some social drinking are depicted. Infrequent terms of Deity and a repeated term for an illegitimate child (properly used) are contained in the script. Religious followers are also often negatively portrayed.