Why is O Brother, Where Art Thou? rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: O Brother, Where Art Thou? is rated PG-13 for for some violence and language.
An interesting adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey that could spark interest in teen audiences to read this classic poem. A story of redemption that illustrates the struggles a man goes through to return to his home and family after being in prison.
Guns used frequently, including one shot by a child. No people killed by guns, only one cow. Shots fired at police. KKK activity depicted—character killed by falling burning cross—actual impact not seen. Explosion, purposely-lit fire, man beaten with tree branch, threatened hanging, flash flood with some surviving while others presumed dead.
Sexual Content: B-
Sirens (sensuous women) clothed in flimsy, wet and thus very clingy summer dresses. Some passionate kissing between sirens and convicts, possibly implying sexual relations. Discussion of fornication with whores.
At least: 16 moderate profanities, 42 mild profanities, 18 terms of Deity used as expletives or profanity, and one prayer address that was questionable in sincerity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: B+
Cigar smoking, drinking of moonshine, alcohol bottle on table.