Why is The Three Stooges rated PG?
Official MPAA Rating: The Three Stooges is rated PG for for slapstick action violence, some rude and suggestive humor including language.
Violence: Pervasive and aggressive slapstick violence throughout, often with the intent to harm. Characters are hit with fists and various objects, punched, poked in the eyes and pushed off roofs and platforms. Characters hair and eyelashes are pulled out. Parents should note that many of these actions are easily mimicked and are presented in a comedic context. A man aims a gun, but does not shoot. A shotgun is used to pop balloons that are carrying a young girl into the air—she falls and is not harmed. A man is hit by various vehicles but is not killed. A lion in a zoo, which becomes aggressive after being shot in the testicles with a peanut, attacks a man locked inside its cage… we later see the man with a large bloody gash on his face. A man is attacked in the head with a chainsaw. A character is burned on the bare chest with two hot irons. Later another character is intentionally burned on the tongue with a hot curling iron. A man has a flyer stapled to the back of his head and another is shot in the leg with an arrow. Characters become involved in a murder plot. A man’s eyes begin to bulge when is head is caught in a microwave oven.
A short disclaimer at the end of the film does warn audiences of the dangers associated with some of the on screen violence.
Sexual Content: A woman’s clothing exposes her cleavage in numerous scenes. A woman is seen in a very revealing swimsuit. A sound effect accompanies the squishing of a woman’s breast while helping a man scale a wall. A married woman is shown in bed with another man at a hotel called the Filander Inn.
Language: Repeated name-calling including “stupid” and “moron” is used along with “shut up” and two terms of Christian deity.
Drugs/Alcohol: A man is drugged with an unknown substance that induces sleep. Social drinking portrayed. A cigar is used as a prop. At least two product placements for beer are included.
Other: An extended scene depicts infants in a nursery urinating on adult characters who use the babies as human squirt guns. No frontal nudity is seen but a baby is kicked across the floor of the nursery.