Why is Moonrise Kingdom rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Moonrise Kingdom is rated PG-13 for for sexual content and smoking.
Violence: Young boys and a girl get into a fight, during the scuffle a boy is stabbed with a pair of scissors in his side, we see a bloody injury and later are told he may have kidney damage. A dog is shot with an arrow (we see the dog’s body with the arrow sticking out—the dog appears fake). During a quick montage scene we see other mild violence, including school-aged children fighting with each other. Many scenes depict characters, both young and old, arguing with one another. A boy uses fishhooks to pierce a girl’s ears—no details are seen. Children contemplate jumping from a high tower.
Sexual Content: A 12 year-old boy and girl set up a camp together. They undress down to their underwear and go swimming. Afterward they are seen, while still in their underwear, dancing on the beach and briefly French kissing. The boy briefly fondles the girl’s breast after she implies he has an erection and suggests that he may touch her chest. They go to bed in a tent and we see them together, still in underwear, the next morning. No other sexual activity is implied. In an earlier scene a watercolor painting is seen of a young girl with an exposed breast.
Language: Infrequent sexual references, mild profanities, terms of deity and name-calling are heard.
Drugs/Alcohol: A young boy is briefly seen smoking a pipe. Other adults smoke and drink socially. An adult offers a young boy a small amount of beer.