Why is Paradise Now rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Paradise Now is rated PG-13 for for mature thematic material and brief strong language.
Although this movie is about a highly violent act—choosing to be a suicide bomber—it has no violence on screen, except for a tussle that results in a bleeding nose. Language includes a sexual expletive and a few other profanities, all in subtitles (and assumedly spoken in the film’s foreign dialogue). However, this film creates a high amount of tension and deals with obvious mature themes. Finally, characters smoke cigarettes and a traditional water pipe (of which the contents are unknown).