Why is Push rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Push is rated PG-13 for for intense sequences of violence and action, brief strong language, smoking and a scene of teen drinking.
Despite it’s PG-13 rating, this film contains excessive depictions of violence. Using their ability to control the minds of others, pushers force two people to put a gun in their mouth and pull the trigger. Soldiers are commanded to shoot one another while other characters are convinced to murder their partners. A child watches his father killed; another youngster sees her mother kidnapped. Victims are injected with a radioactive serum that causes convulsions and usually death. Characters are kicked, punched, dropped, knocked down a flight of stairs and thrown against a wall during hand-to-hand combat. They are also shot at, impaled, threatened with weapons and killed. Individuals with the ability to emit high-frequency screams cause glass objects to break, eardrums to rupture, fish to explode and brains to burst. Frequent bloody injuries are depicted along with news-style clips of explosions, destruction and secret experimentation. A young girl sees visions of her own and others’ deaths. Characters play games of chance. Numerous characters smoke and drink. A teen consumes a bottle of alcohol and is portrayed as drunk in a comedic context. A couple briefly kisses. A man comments on having sexual relations with a woman. A strong sexual expletive, numerous uses of scatological slang and some terms of Deity are used.