Why is End of the Spear rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: End of the Spear is rated PG-13 for for intense sequences of violence.
The biggest issues in this move are a result of showing the violent nature of the Waodani Indians before they had contact with the missionaries. These portrayals include many murders of men women and children with spears and machetes, animals killing humans and humans killing animals (some blood is seen in all of these scenarios). Other milder content concerns are the administration of medications with a hypodermic needle, depictions of native costumes that barely cover private body parts, verbal mentions of infidelity and unwed pregnancy, as well as the gender of a child being confirmed by looking down his pants. This harsh culture serves as a stark contrast to the missionaries’ example and teachings of peace, forgiveness, and repentance.