Why is Contagion rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Contagion is rated PG-13 for for disturbing content and some language.
Violence: A hotel maid finds a dead body. Sick characters are shown in public. One character uses his cell phone to record an ill man having seizures after he falls to the floor on public transit. Later he posts the video. Another character walks into traffic and is hit and killed by a service truck. Numerous sick people suffer seizures and dead patients are shown. A woman’s scalp is peeled back over her face during a medical procedure. Blood splatters on the medical staff during the operation. A woman is kidnapped and held for ransom. Characters rush a pharmacy. Others riot, loot and destroy property. Scuffles and fights break out in medical and food lines. People attempt to steal gas from a car. Shots are fired in a home and robbers ransack a house looking for food and guns. Dead lab animals are shown as well as mass graves in the city. Characters haul body bags out of homes. A character lies about a cure.
Sexual Content: A married woman’s infidelity is discussed on several occasions.
Language: The script contains infrequent profanities, scatological slang and swearing, along with a strong sexual expletive used in a non-sexual context.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink in social settings. A man insists he and his wife do not use illegal drugs. A woman gives herself an injection of an untested vaccine. Other characters are immunized.