Why is When a Stranger Calls rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: When a Stranger Calls is rated PG-13 for for intense terror, violence and some language.
The film opens with the gruesome discovery of a multiple murder. Although nothing is shown other than bloody body bags and two dead bodies, the crime scene leaves a veteran police officer visibly disturbed. For the most part, the script relies heavily on suspense and horror techniques to carry the storyline. However, there are depictions of violent struggles. A character attempts to drown and strangle another. Alcohol is thrown on a character and then ignited by fire. A girl’s hair is forcibly pulled from her head. A character’s hand is impaled and nailed to the floor with a fire poker. Two teenagers discuss drinking alcohol to the point of being drunk. Profanities from the moderate and mild category are included.