Why is The Giver rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: The Giver is rated PG-13 for for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence.
Violence: Soldiers on the battlefield are afraid. They shoot and kill one another (Gun shots and hits are shown, but no blood). Some die. Poachers shoot an elephant for its ivory. The animal’s body is struck with bullets and he stumbles and falls. Real news footage is shown of various world conflicts, protests and disasters. Lethal injections are given to infants, the elderly and the disobedient (these are both discussed and shown). A character is chased by law enforcers, and electrocuted with a weapon. A teen and child are dropped from a height into a turbulent river. Characters struggle to survive against the elements.
Sexual Content: A teen couple holds each other’s hands and kiss on a couple of occasions. Body chances during puberty are alluded to.
Language: None noted.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None noted.