Why is Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope rated PG?
Official MPAA Rating: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope is rated PG for
In this hugely popular science fiction film created by George Lucas, a farm boy from a dry and desolate planet joins a dangerous rebellion and trains to become a Jedi Warrior. Scenes depicting death and some suspenseful battles are the only content concerns of this otherwise great family movie.
Numerous battle sequences occur where characters are killed by being fired upon or caught in explosions, and numerous deaths are implied. One-on-one fighting involves staffs, guns, or swordplay with light sabers. Characters are sometimes stunned, have their throats crushed, or threatened with torture. Attacked victims bodies are seen strewn about—in one scene their still-smoking charred remains are briefly shown. Characters comically fall off large beast. A bar fight erupts and one character’s arm is sliced off. Another character is shot at point blank range. Aquatic snake creature pulls character under water. Characters are caught in a trash compactor.
Sexual Content: A
The princess attracts some male admirers.
At least: 3 mild profanities, some minor insults and name-calling.
Alcohol / Drug Use: B
In a bar setting, drinks are served in a bar and some characters smoke. Truth serum administered by injection.