Why is Persepolis rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Persepolis is rated PG-13 for for mature thematic material including violent images, sexual references, language and brief drug content.
Political unrest and war are the backdrops for this animated film that includes repeated portrayals of shootings, bombings, executions, torture and oppression. Using cutting humor to deal with her circumstances, Marjane occasionally finds herself in trouble after accusing nuns of prostitution, defying political conventions by purchasing Western items on the black market and speaking out in school. Becoming sexually active as a teen, Marjane also faces rejection after one boyfriend declares he is now a confirmed homosexual and another is discovered in bed with a new woman. Illegal drug use by teens, smoking and drinking are shown. Frequent profanities (including a strong sexual expletive and hand gesture) and a number of sexual discussions concerning male anatomy are also in the script, along with some irreverent references to Deity. As well, a character deals with depression, prescription drug use and an attempted suicide.