Why is Paddington rated PG?
Official MPAA Rating: Paddington is rated PG for for mild action and rude humor.
Violence: In an attempt to gain information from a taxi driver, a character hangs the man by his feet while dangling over a river (we don’t see how she accomplishes this task with the rather portly London cabbie) and threatens to “remove body parts” (such as nose hairs) if he doesn’t cooperate. After giving her the information, the woman cuts the rope and he falls into the river—it is not implied that he drowns. A character shoots a bear and other humans with tranquilizer darts. A taxidermist determines to kidnap a bear and have him stuff. A character gets into situations that result in property damage, including overflowing a bathroom with water. An earthquake forces a family of three bears from their home; after the destruction is over the “father” bear’s hat is found in the rubble, indicating he died. A young character is forced to separate from his guardian. A young boy plays with rockets within their home; in a later scene he and his father are seen lighting a rocket inside their dwelling. A character breaks into a home; another character accidentally turns on the gas stove that starts a small fire.
Sexual Content: A male character dresses as a woman to disguise his identity; when another character tells him he looks pretty, he remarks, “That’s what they’ll think in jail”. A woman uses sensuality to entice a man to help her engage in a plot to kidnap a bear.
Language: There is a muffled use of the word “bloody”.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Within a comedic context, two characters engage in a game where they both drink a large amount of hard liquor—they are later seen very inebriated.