Why is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is rated PG-13 for PG-13 for adventure violence and scary images.
Indy is back after nineteen years, and the character has moved ahead the same amount of time. It’s 1957 and America is boiling in the paranoia leading to the Cold War. This leaves Indiana’s allegiances in question after his involuntary decision to work with some Russian spies. Violence is the prime concern in deciding if young ones should be introduced to this hero. Bullets from machine guns fly in many scenes, taking lives of background characters. For a brief moment men are seen burning alive. A nuclear bomb destroys a “simulated” town where some real people are inadvertently killed. A swarm of giant ants covers various people, eating them alive (visual details are not explicit). The “usual” special effects scene shows a person disintegrating. Various scenes have people punching each other, as well as fighting with swords and other weapons. Overall, this violence is bloodless and not overtly explicit. Profanities include some terms of deity and scatology. Sexual content is limited to a discussion about an illegitimate child and a brief scene where a man is presumably naked (shown from the waist up) while being cleansed from radioactive fallout. Tobacco smoking and social drinking are depicted in a few scenes.