Why is Superman Returns rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Superman Returns is rated PG-13 for for some intense action violence.
While the script includes infrequent mild profanities and terms of deity, there are numerous depictions of action violence. A burning plane falls from the sky, slamming the passengers around inside. Earthquake-like tremors cause massive power outages and building damage. During a bank robbery, police officers are gunned down with a huge, high-powered automatic machine gun. Slow motion shots show a man repeatedly hit in the chest and in the eye with bullets, while other depictions include numerous gunshots, beatings, backstabbing and holding a man’s head under water. An out-of-control car careens through the downtown, hitting people and damaging property. Many people, including a female character, are threatened verbally as well as having their lives put in peril from drowning, falling from heights, kidnappings, and explosions. Characters steal items from a public building. A dog is shown eating another animal. Characters are shown drinking and an unhappy man goes to the bar for a drink. Smoking is portrayed although the film does contain a strong anti-smoking theme. Script includes the discussion of an illegitimate child and some sexual comments and innuendo.