Why is The Way Way Back rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: The Way Way Back is rated PG-13 for for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material.
Violence: Some characters experience bullying from adults. Brief moments of peril are included. One song includes lyrics about suicide.
Sexual Content: Brief kissing and embracing are shown. Sexual activity is implied. Frequent crude sexual comments and innuendo are included. Characters are seen in low cut clothing or bikinis. A woman talks about her niece’s rape and her own unplanned pregnancy. Adult women dance provocatively with a teen boy. A boy pretends his action figures are “hooking up” in an incestuous relationship. Park employees ogle water park attendees. Crude terms for anatomy are used.
Language: The script contains a strong sexual expletive and crude terms for sexual activity. Profanities, scatological slang, slurs and frequent vulgar terms are also included, along with terms of Deity. A character uses a rude hand gesture.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters frequently drink, including one alcoholic woman who is often portrayed as tipsy. Brief cigar use is shown. Adult characters buy and use illegal drugs.