Why is The Rite rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: The Rite is rated PG-13 for for disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images, and language including sexual references.
Violence: A man in a mortuary prepares a suicide victim for burial. A cyclist is hit and killed by an automobile. Another deceased traffic accident victim is shown lying on the street. A man slaps a child and knocks her to the ground. A religious leader yells at and baits patrons. Characters undergo disturbing transformations and contortions, including spitting up blood and nails. A young boy’s bruised body is seen. Bloody images of a birth are portrayed along with the suggestion of a murder. Characters are choked. Other disturbing satanic images are depicted.
Sexual Content: One man questions another character’s sexual orientation and briefly talks about a crude form of castration. A girl admits her father raped her. Later she invites another man to rape her. Partial buttock nudity (in a nonsexual context) is briefly seen.
Language: The script contains one extreme sexual expletive and infrequent profanities, crude sexual terms and scatological slang. Several scenes contain crude sexual comments.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A man drinks at home. A nun is briefly shown smoking.