Why is Hairspray rated PG?
Official MPAA Rating: Hairspray is rated PG for for language, some suggestive content and momentary teen smoking.
Despite the lenient US PG rating, this film contains sexual comments and innuendo throughout. Some examples are: a flasher on the street (whom we see from behind) opens his trench coat as a woman walks by, teens use padding to enhance body parts (in a later scene, a woman abruptly pulls these wads out of a girls bra and a boy’s pants), an implied teen pregnancy, an offer of seduction, and a preference for black men (“I’ve tasted chocolate and I’m never going back”), as well as references to sleeping with football players and bribing judges with sexual favors. Other content consists of depiction of smoking (including teens, adults, pregnant women and teachers), and discussion about drinking alcohol, a protester hits a police officer, rebellious students seek detentions (where they pass their time dancing), and rude scatological items are sold in a Joke Shop. Language includes several mild profanities, terms of deity and a rude term for sex.