Why is Beasts of the Southern Wild rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Beasts of the Southern Wild is rated PG-13 for
Violence: A child is slapped by a parent and later retaliates by hitting and yelling at her father. A child is left on her own when her father disappears. Other scenes of child imperilment are included. Characters ride out a severe storm that floods their community. A man catches and kills a fish using his hands. A group of men blow up a levee using dynamite. Characters scuffle with others on several occasions. Dead and bloated animals are seen. People are forcibly removed from a disaster area. A character coughs up blood. A dead body is placed on a pyre and started on fire. A woman, dressed only in panties, shoots an animal. Blood is shown splattered across the lower half of her body.
Sexual Content: Children go to a brothel looking for one girl’s mother. A man talks about a child’s conception. A woman’s bare back is seen.
Language: The script contains numerous profanities, terms of Deity and some crude sexual terms along with an extreme sexual expletive.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters frequently drink and are often portrayed as drunk. A father pours his young child a cup of liquor. Some brief smoking is shown.