Why is Across the Universe rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Across the Universe is rated PG-13 for For some drug content, nudity, sexuality, violence and language.
Using a script peppered with strong profanities and an extreme sexual expletive, this film delves into the drug scene of the sixties, showing repeated uses of illegal substances, cigarettes and alcohol. Sparked by strong feeling of anti-war sentiment, the characters also participate in protests that involve gun violence, bloody injuries, police enforcement and vandalism. Depictions of the war in Vietnam include soldiers under fire, bombing raids and the corpses of thinly clothed, disfigured women. Nudity, consisting of female and male buttock nudity along with female frontal shots, is seen in both sexual and non-sexual scenarios. Conversations dealing with a woman’s anatomy, war crimes, illegitimate children and death are also contained in the film.