Why is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is rated PG-13 for for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.
Violence: Dragons attack a castle causing mass destruction and implied loss of life. Many large battles take place between humans and other mythical creatures, resulting in many deaths and some explicit injuries including decapitations and dismemberment (one creature’s arm is sliced off—we see the stump afterward). Large creatures capture dwarves, rope them to a spit and attempt to cook them over a fire. The movie includes some scary “jump” scenes and depictions of characters in nearly continual peril.
Sexual Content: None noted.
Profanities: A single humorous colloquial reference is made about male anatomy.
Drugs/Alcohol: A character smokes a pipe with an unknown substance, and at one point he offers it to another character to calm his nerves.
Other: Characters burp loudly. A character makes an informal wager on the possibility of a future event. There is a discussion about a necromancer, and other occult and mystical themes are found throughout the script.