Why is Rollerball rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Rollerball is rated PG-13 for
Brutal and vicious violence is the mainstay in this film about an extreme sport corrupted by a power-hungry owner who jeopardizes the lives of his players for more gambling profits and higher TV ratings.
Characters participate in extreme sports including road luge, rollerball, and off-road motorcycling which results in some property damage and injury. Characters involved in rough-and-tumble sports action that includes punching, hitting with objects and pushing. Bodies fly through the air and man is kicked in the face. Motorcyclist drives over character. Several characters are hit in face or body with heavy steel ball, injured man is heard screaming. Blood is shown on injured characters throughout film. Man steals from and hits vendor. Man and his family are threatened. Guns are used in several shooting incidents. Man is kidnapped and brutally murdered (not shown). Cars and other property are blown up during riot. Characters are attacked in home. Characters rig several accidents designed to kill or maim players. Characters are chased while trying to escape; several characters are killed or injured. Character is pushed and stepped on. Riot breaks out in arena. Characters shot at close range.
Sexual Content: D+
Man makes comment about woman’s body part. Scantily clad women are shown in nightclub setting, at the arena, and in owner’s lounge. Film includes back, side and shadowed female nudity as well as upper body male nudity. Man exposes himself to woman (no nudity shown). Couple engages in rough sexual relationship with some skin revealed. Character makes crude sexual comment. Mural on wall depicts naked women. Woman makes sexual comment to man.
Includes at least one extreme sexual expletive, two extreme sexual hand gestures, two crude terms for sexual relations, 30 moderate and 20 mild profanities and 14 terms of Deity used as expletives.
Alcohol / Drug Use: D
Characters often drink and smoke in bars and nightclubs. Character is depicted as being on drugs: reference made to PCP. Character appears to roll a smoke. Several alcohol and drug-related comments are made. Characters drink in locker room and at the arena.
Player wears helmet without strap fastened. Characters race on streets. False biographies are written about players. Character preys on the impoverished townspeople. Sport gambling is depicted. It is compulsory for players have numbers tattooed on their faces.