Why is The Invention of Lying rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: The Invention of Lying is rated PG-13 for for language including some sexual material and a drug reference.
Although this film contains no depictions of sexual activity beyond some brief kissing, there are frequent, frank and often lengthy discussions on self-pleasuring, sexual arousal, the inappropriate manhandling of women and the intention to copulate. A man tells a woman that the world will end unless she has sex with him immediately. Several vulgar expressions are used along with derogatory comments regarding sexual orientation. The film contains portrayals of childhood bullying, attempted burglary and other unethical activities. On several occasions a character discusses options for committing suicide. Men and women regularly imbibe alcoholic beverages at home, over dinner and in social settings, sometimes to the point of drunkenness. One man drives erratically after consuming numerous drinks. A police officer admits to having a cocaine addiction. Jokes are aimed at religious beliefs, romantic relationships and body types. A character takes on the appearance of a Christian deity. The script contains frequent crude name-calling, some profanities and the use of a sexual expletive in a non-sexual context.