Why is True Grit rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: True Grit is rated PG-13 for for some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images.
Violence: The film contains frequent portrayals of shootings, hangings and corpses. Bloody gunfire injuries are seen, along with a character whose face is splattered with blood after he shoots a man in the head. One man has his fingers cut off before being stabbed. (The bloody stumps are seen on the table.) Characters talk about men who were tortured in various ways before being killed.A female teen is spanked and hit with a switch. She is later kidnapped, thrown to the ground and threatened with a knife at her throat. Decaying bodies are shown. A character is roped and dragged behind a horse. A man has blood on his face after biting through his tongue. A young girl shoots a man in the stomach and later fires on him again. A rattlesnake bites a character. A horse is shot. A character has her hand sliced with a knife to help remove poison. Characters are hit and beaten.
Sexual Content: A man admits his desire to kiss a young girl.
Language: The script contains a handful of mild profanities and several terms of Deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A girl rolls cigarettes for a man. Numerous characters frequently smoke cigarettes or pipes. Characters drink on several occasions. One man is repeatedly depicted as being drunk.