Where Have All the G-rated Movies Gone?

Where Have All the G-rated Movies Gone? Picture

If you have a younger child, you’re probably dealing with The Case of the Missing G Rating, just as I am.  It goes like this:

Your child says: “Mom, can we go to the movies this weekend?”

You say: “That might be fun. Let’s see which movies are playing!”

You then go online, pull up a listing of local movies, and it looks like this:

Someone Dies – Rated R

Someone is Possessed­ – Rated R

Someone Makes a Political Statement­ – Rated PG13

Someone Makes a Wonderful Difference – Rated PG13 (due to brief nudity, violence, and language)

Someone is Kidnapped – Rated R

Someone is Getting Married, but Does Something Really Stupid First – Rated R

Someone Who is Possessed is Kidnapped and Killed – Rated PG13

Cute Cartoon with Wholesome Family Values – Rated PG   (PG: “Parents are urged to use ‘parental guidance’, as the motion picture may contain some material parents might not like for their younger children to view.”)

 You say: “Sorry Kiddo, no good movies playing in the theaters right now.”

Where have all of the rated-G movies gone? The G rating, which is for “general audiences” (meaning the film “contains nothing that would offend parents for viewing by their children”), seems to have disappeared, being applied to only Straight-to-DVD movies.

“For the bulk of the summer’s movie season – a four-month period still marketed primarily toward younger audiences on break from school – not a single G-rated film played in theaters.”

So far, according to the Classification and Ratings Administration (CARA), 16 films have been rated G this year. Out of those 16, only three of them will play in theaters! The rest are straight-to-DVD films.

I’m not sure why this is the case. G-rated movies generally earn more than R-rated movies (“Cars” earned about $200 million!); and yet, CARA has already given out 330 R ratings this year! Is Hollywood afraid of the G rating?

What do you think? Are you craving a few good G-rated films, too? The Case of the Missing G Rating … Tell me, do you know where it went?

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Where Have All the G-rated Movies Gone?

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Anna Anna says:

    What I hate about movie ratings now is how they have changed the criteria for how they rate them. What is a PG movie now would have been PG-13 when I was growing up and PG-13 movies would have been R.

  2. Profile photo of Shiloh JohnsonEditor Shiloh Johnson says:

    Ugh… Brett and I have been looking forward to all the fun G rated movies we’ll get to watch with Lyra coming up. Too bad there won’t be any to watch!


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