Why is A Shine of Rainbows rated PG?
Official MPAA Rating: A Shine of Rainbows is rated PG for for some thematic elements, mild peril and smoking.
A young boy is bullied by his peers, who tease, threaten and cuff him. Others play practical jokes. A married couple kisses and caresses (in one scene his hand is shown on her thigh under her skirt). A man often smokes a pipe. Some men talk of going to get a "pint", and a character drinks to excess to drown sorrows. Bats, crabs and bugs frighten a youngster. Children are in perilous situations (both real and imagined), and one is at risk of drowning. The uncertain state of an abandoned seal pup is discussed and the animal is fed dead fish. Various characters have to deal with disappointment, loneliness, death and grief.