Why is Year One rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Year One is rated PG-13 for for crude and sexual content throughout, brief strong language and comic violence. (Edited; originally Rated R for some sexual content and language.)
Continual and pervasive sexually oriented dialogue is the focus of this film about two cave men who travel and meet people from the Old Testament. Various sexual topics are discussed, especially those involving sodomy and circumcision, and the vast majority of humor in this film is derived from similar sexual remarks. While there is no overt nudity (some men are seen topless and some women are dressed in bikini-like outfits) an orgy is depicted and homosexual situations are alluded to, along with discussions of sexual mutilation, bestiality and incest. A sexual expletive, various crude terms for sexual anatomy and other profanities are used in the script. Violence includes human sacrifices (virgins—mainly women—are thrown into a fire, but they disappear and are not seen burning), hand-to-hand fighting (along with other skirmishes a man is beaten on the head with a rock until he dies and a man is killed with swords and knives), a decapitation, and the use of people as slaves. Drug references are heard. Biblical figures are presented in a way that may be perceived as sacrilegious and offensive.