Why is Super 8 rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Super 8 is rated PG-13 for for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence and some drug use.
Violence: Scenes of horrific explosions and intense military gunfire are seen along with some bloody and injured accident victims. A woman’s death in a job-related accident is discussed on several occasions. Blood pours from the mouth of an injured character after he is supposedly impaled in the head by nails. An unseen force snatches characters, scares off animals and destroys property. Unlicensed adolescents steal and drive cars. A scared character vomits repeatedly. A man is tortured and presumably killed by injecting him with a drug. A character is attacked and his blood splatters across a window. An alien eats humans. Frequent intense depictions of an alien attack are shown.
Sexual Content: A girl wears skimpy clothing on several occasions. Brief comments are made about a girl’s looks. A character shows interest in a boy to get what she wants from him.
Language: Teens and adults frequently use scatological slang and terms of Deity. The script also includes sexual terms in a nonsexual context, a strong sexual expletive and mild profanities.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A man asks a teen if he wants to buy illegal drugs. The adult character later smokes the drug and drives in a stoned state. Some cigarette and alcohol use by adults is shown.
Other: One teen character makes and detonates fireworks and other low level explosives.