Why is Life of Pi rated PG?
Official MPAA Rating: Life of Pi is rated PG for for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril.
Violence: The film contains frequent moments of intense peril for both human and animal characters. Numerous characters are washed overboard or drowned during a ship’s sinking. Animals are attacked, killed and eaten. (Though some body parts are briefly shown, little blood or action is seen.) A child is bullied at school. A small boy tries to feed meat to a tiger. A goat is later tied up, attacked and killed as a lesson to the boy. A boy talks about killings and the murder of a man.
Sexual Content: A young teen couple falls in love. A boy urinates on part of the boat to establish his “territory”.
Language: Students repeatedly taunt another child using a crude urination term as a derogatory form of the boy’s name.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A zookeeper uses tranquilizers to lessen the stress of sea travel on animals.