Why is Marley & Me rated PG?
Official MPAA Rating: Marley & Me is rated PG for for thematic material, some suggestive content and language.
This movie about a young family who loves their dog presents some emotional situations related to pet ownership that may be troubling for young children. Sexual innuendo is heard (including discussions about having the dog neutered and the subsequent loss of his manhood), along with the occasional use of a crude anatomical term. A couple discusses having children and twice are shown in the beginning stages of sex (they are still clothed). Another scene has them disrobing and swimming in their backyard pool—no explicit nudity is seen. A dog sexually rubs himself against people and objects. Women are seen in bikinis at the beach. A teen-aged girl is stabbed by her boyfriend—the act is not shown on screen but a little blood is briefly seen. Language includes the use of a couple of moderate and mild profanities, a scatological expletive and terms of deity. A couple drinks to celebrate their marriage.