Why is Sparkle rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Sparkle is rated PG-13 for for mature thematic content involving domestic abuse and drug material, and for some violence, language and smoking.
Violence: Girls disobey their house rules and sneak out on multiple occasions. A woman swats a man who is talking in church. Men have a fistfight and must be pulled apart. A woman is repeatedly subjected to spousal abuse resulting in black eyes, cuts, bruises and lacerations. A man hits women and knocks them to the ground. A character is hit in the back of the head and killed with a fireplace poker.
Sexual Content: A character comments on rumors about a woman’s bad reputation. A mother uses sexually derogatory terms to describe her daughter and a man. A naked mannequin is briefly shown. Several characters verbally argue. Couples kiss. One is shown in a passionate embrace. Brief sexual innuendo is included in the script. Characters frequently wear suggestive or revealing clothing.
Language: The script contains terms of Deity, scatological slang, infrequent cursing, some ethnic slurs and brief sexual references.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters use illegal drugs on several occasions. Smoking and alcohol use are frequently depicted in this period piece.